Incomplete “INC” Grading
MEMORANDUM:
TO: All AGSB Faculty Members and Students
FROM: APS Registrar
RE: Incomplete "INC" Grading

We note a continuing misunderstanding of our policy on INC grade resulting in the erroneous grading by certain faculty members of their students. This misapplication and misinterpretation have caused some faculty members and their students to file complaints against each other about the matter.

More importantly, we have decided that all INC grades obtained by students, when not completed within the prescribed period, will be automatically converted to 1.0 or FAIL in their transcript of records.

Thus, it is compelling that all faculty members and students alike are guided on the correct interpretation and implementation of the policy on INC grades to avoid questions and complaints.
Our current policy on INC grade is provided in our Student Guidebook, Part XI, Grading System, Retention Policies, and Awards, particularly Letter E, pages104-105. Under this policy, the following points are important to note:

POLICY
“A grade of INC is a temporary grade given to the student who (a) fails to take the final examinations on the scheduled date, or (b) fails to submit a major term paper on the scheduled submission date. A major term paper is defined as one that constitutes at least 25% of the final grade for the course and is required in place of the examination.”

“It is not given to a student for his failure to comply with other routine course requirements such as reports, midterm examinations, quizzes, and so forth.”

“The student who receives an INC grade is given 3 weeks from the end of the trimester/term to take the final examination or to submit the major term paper in lieu of examination. Failure to take the final examination or to submit the paper within this deadline means that the student must fail in the subject.”


APPLICATIONS

  1. Based on these provisions, the faculty member is mandated to give a commensurate grade including a failing mark to a student who does not comply with routine requirements such as reports, midterm examinations, quizzes, and so forth and not an INC grade.
  2. If the student fails to take the final examination or to submit a major paper in lieu of the finals within 3 weeks at the end of the trimester/term, the faculty member is mandated to give the student a 1.0 or failing mark. It is incumbent upon the faculty member to strongly advise their students regarding this policy. Thus technically, all grades submitted by the faculty member beyond this timeline are final grades, no more INC grades.
  3. With respect to the grading of Strategic Management, when the student fails to submit his paper within the last set deadline for submission, then the grade to be given must be 1.0 or failing mark.

PROCEDURES FOR SPECIAL EXAMINATIONS
The policy also covers the procedure for the completion of INC grades when the student failed to take the final examination on the scheduled date or to submit the major paper. The student must write to the Registrar to take the special examination within 3 weeks at the end of the trimester/term and must pay a special examination fee. By extension, this also applies to the submission of the paper in lieu of examination.

In case of prolonged absence due to illness, hospitalization, prolonged out-of-town trips, and other extreme cases, a student may be allowed to take the special examination or to submit the paper beyond 3 weeks provided that he must notify the Registrar in writing why it was to be so.

INAPPLICABILITY OF ABSENCE RULE TO INC GRADING POLICY
The are also certain faculty members who give INC grades to certain students who exceed the 3-absence rule for the Middle Manager and Standard Programs and the 1-absence rule for the Regis Program. The rule on INC policy does not absolutely apply to this case or similar ones.

The correct application is that the faculty member either asks the student to perform remedial work if the situation calls for it or instead asks the student to withdraw from the course.

Where remedial work is required, the student must be graded correspondingly. If the student is asked to withdraw but does not, he must be given a 1.0 or failing mark, not INC mark. Where the student is asked to withdraw, it is best for the faculty member to first obtain a clearance from the Registrar.

I hope that with this clarification, you will be able to give the correct grades to your students and give them what is due them according to our policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to see me.

CESAR A. MANSIBANG, Ph.D., CPA

NOTED:

ALBERT L. BUENVIAJE, MBA
Dean

Ateneo-Regis MBA Students Get Degree Recognition

Dr. William Husson, Vice President for the Professional Schools of Regis University and Mr. Albert Buenviaje, Dean of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business signed an agreement that provides for Regis University to recognize the degree awarded to MBA students enrolled in the Ateneo-Regis MBA program. Such recognition is a testament to the fact that the Ateneo-Regis Program is a world-class program and holders thereof will be recognized internationally even as Regis University has in its fold a consortium of colleges and universities in the United States.

The recognition opens up career and educational opportunities for MBA graduates in the international arena. The certificate of recognition will be signed by Dr. Husson for Regis University.

All earlier graduates from the Ateneo-Regis Program may apply for this certificate effective August 2, 2010.

Bureau of Immigration Notice to All Foreigners

NOTICE is hereby given to All registered foreign nationals, immigrant or non-immigrant, resident or non-resident visa holders all over the Philippines, that you are required to report in person, pursuant to Section 10 of the Alien Registration Act of 1950, within the first sixty (60) days of CY 2011 at the Alien Registration Division (ARD), Bureau of Immigration, Manila, or at the Immigration District/Subport/Field/Satellite office nearest your place of residence.

Any of the following documents shall be presented by the registered foreigner during the Annual Report (AR):

  1. Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) / or ACR I-Card;
  2. Certificate of Residence (CR); or
  3. Official Receipts (O.R.) covering previous payment of AR fee.

An Annual Report fee of P300.00 and P10.00 Legal Research fee shall be paid by the foreigner.

The parent or legal guardian of a registered foreigner who is less than fourteen (14) years of age, shall have the duty of complying with the requirement of Annual Report of such minor; provided, that upon reaching the age of fourteen (14) in the Philippines, such minor within fifteen (15) days apply in person with the Alien Registration Division for re-registration and fingerprinting, upon payment of registration fees and thereafter personally making the Annual Report in accordance with the provisions of the Alien Registration Act of 1950.

Foreigners who are sixty-five (65) years of age and above may be represented by their legal guardians and/or legal representatives in making their Annual Report.

When the subject foreigners intend to be represented by a travel agent, broker or liaison officer, the amount of FIVE HUNDRED PESOS (PhP500.00) as Express Lane fee shall be charged in addition to the Annual Report and Legal Research fees. The travel agent or liaison officer must present the original ACR/ACR I-Card of the subject foreigner and a duly notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA) executed for such purpose.

In all other cases such as change of address and/or updating of information, the same shall be subject to payment of immigration fees and/or fines if applicable.

A foreigner holder of paper-based ACR, whose visa is not exempt from payment of immigration fees, shall not be permitted to make his Annual Report without securing an ACR I-Card.

Failure to comply with the provisions of the Alien Registration Act of 1950 is subject to administrative fine and/or imprisonment, at the option of the Commissioner of Immigration.

For strict compliance.

23 December 2010/ 4 January 2011

(Sgd.) ATTY. RONALDO P. LEDESMA, Officer-In-Charge

AGSB Faculty Receives Outstanding Professional of the Year Award

Prof. Ralph A. Ante, AGSB chair for Operations was recently recognized by the Professional Regulations Commission as Outstanding Professional in Metallurgical Engineering held recently.

Prof. Ante was past Chairman of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Metallurgical Engineering. He was former National President of the Society of Metallurgical Engineers of the Philippines and of the Philippine Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Geology. He topped the metallurgical engineering board in 1987.

He currently teaches Applied Management Science, Quantitative Methods for Managers and Operations Management.

Prof. Ante finished his undergraduate studies at the University of the Philippines and completed his MBA in AGSB with a gold medal in 1999.

Prof. Ante is the President of his own company Health Solutions Enterprises Inc, a leading distributor of hospital and laboratory equipment and supplies.

AGSB Receives International Award for Innovation Leadership

For its ability to directly respond to the challenges of the MBA market in Asia in an innovative way through its student-centered curricular programs and instructional delivery systems and effectively sustaining it, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business received from the 2011 CMO Asia Best Business Schools Awards an international recognition for INNOVATION LEADERSHIP held at Suntec Convention Center in Singapore last July 22. The award in the form of a trophy and a certificate were received by Dr. Cesar Mansibang, APS registrar from the president and officers of the CMO organization.

CMO Asia, an organization of marketing practitioners in Asia organized the annual awards for various categories and chose from more than a hundred nominated business schools in the Asia-Pacific region those who displayed institutional and individual excellence in innovation, leadership, curriculum development, industry interface, and faculty achievements.

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Institutional awards were given for the best schools that encouraged innovation leading to better development, best schools that encouraged leadership as part of the curriculum, best schools with the best academic input, and best schools with excellent industry interface.

Individual professors from various business schools who excelled in their fields in general management, human resource, marketing, finance, operations, information technology, and entrepreneurship were also cited and awarded trophies and certificates of recognition. Last year, Professor Frank Roa was one of the awardees for best professor in Marketing.

AGSB is the only Philippine business school that figured in the awards specifically in the innovation leadership category and is one among five Asian business schools that received the award.

The best business school annual awards were sponsored by CMO Asia based in India, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Stars Group, World Education Congress, and the Asian Confederation of Business.

New Publications — 4th Quarter 2011

AGSB is pleased to announce its new publications during the 4th quarter 2011.

Professor Maria Victoria R. Castillo now a CCM

Prof. Maria Victoria R. Castillo, Head of RCBC Contingency Management Office (CMO) recently qualified as a Certified Continuity Manager (CCM). Prof. Castillo was accorded the CCM by the Washington-based National Institute for Business Continuity Management (NIBCM), the only independent certification body that serves solely to progress the careers of individuals working within the Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Continuity of Operations (COOP) fields.

Prof. Castillo acquired the designation by fulfilling all necessary requirements and successfully passing the required examination, to meet the NIBCM’s criteria for skilled competency; thus, was admitted to membership and granted the right to use the professional designation.

Prior to this, Prof. Castillo attended the “Effective Business Continuity Management” course held in Las Vegas on October 17-20, 2011 by the Institute of Business Continuity Training (IBCT) of New York.

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The course, which is fully accredited by NIBCM, is considered one of the best business continuity training offered in the US having been drawn from both the BS 25999 British Standard and the NFPA 1600 US Standard.

The course covers:

  • tools and techniques for conducting risk assessments and business impact analysis
  • practical methodologies to design and manage effective continuity plans
  • case studies to examine real life situations and their solutions
  • guided study and group exercises to apply the lessons learned
  • methodologies for creating a plan to support your business in the face of any critical incident.

With this feat, Prof. Castillo is now a CPA, MBA and CCM…. and soon to be a PhD.

Student Visa Extension
MEMORANDUM:
TO: All Foreign Students
FROM: Dr. Cesar Mansibang
RE: Student Visa Extension

All foreign students whose visas are expiring on June 2012 must obtain all your documents from the Office of the Registrar on or before May 18, 2012, to avoid the hassle of extending your visas due to the peak season in June.

For those who have already accomplished their documents, please get an appointment with Mr. Patrick Ignacio of the Registrars’ Office for your schedules with the Bureau of Immigration.

Please be guided accordingly.

Cesar A. Mansibang, Ph.D., CPA

AGSB-ME Team Bags Second Prize in Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2012
The winners of the Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2012 together with their mentors:  (from left to right) David R. Cruz III (Board Director and Co-Founder of Neugent Technologies), Prof. Antonio “Tony” Del Carmen (Program Director of Ateneo Graduate School of Business Master in Entrepreneurship), Prof. Poh Kam Wong (NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, National University of Singapore), Johnson Chen (Managing Director of Clearbridge BioMedics Pte Ltd), Prof. Chao Tung Wen (Graduate Institute of Technology and Innovation Management at National Chengchi University), George Chiu (CEO of WorkLohas Technology Co., Ltd.)
The winners of the Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2012 together with their mentors: (from left to right) David R. Cruz III (Board Director and Co-Founder of Neugent Technologies), Prof. Antonio “Tony” Del Carmen (Program Director of Ateneo Graduate School of Business Master in Entrepreneurship), Prof. Poh Kam Wong (NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, National University of Singapore), Johnson Chen (Managing Director of Clearbridge BioMedics Pte Ltd), Prof. Chao Tung Wen (Graduate Institute of Technology and Innovation Management at National Chengchi University), George Chiu (CEO of WorkLohas Technology Co., Ltd.)

The Ateneo Graduate School of Business takes pride as its very own David R. Cruz III (Board Director and Co-Founder of Neugent Technologies and Master in Entrepreneurship Batch 1 graduate) won second place in the recently concluded Asian Entrepreneurship Award held in Kashiwanoha Campus, Kashiwa City, Chiba Japan from May 9 to 11.

Under the mentorship of Professor Antonio “Tony” M. Del Carmen (AGSB-ME Program Director), Mr. Cruz and his team made it to the finals, where they successfully recounted the story of their inspiring innovation. The eighteen entrants for the event were selected by the Nominating Committee headed by Chairman Dr. Shigeo Kagami, Professor of the University of Tokyo. Qualifying entrants must be unlisted technology start-ups that have been operating for at least five years. The eighteen contenders were then narrowed down to six finalists before competing for the third, second, and first prizes. The chairman of “Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2012 -Awards Committee” Mr. Masaru Murai, TX Entrepreneur Partners President, conducted a strict and impartial review of the presentations.

Mr. Cruz’s company, Neugent Technologies, is better known as the original developer and one of the manufacturers of the popular desk phone + touch screen tablet TELPAD. His team eventually became one of the six semifinalists before bagging the second prize, trailing behind Singapore’s Clearbridge BioMedics, while Justaple from Taiwan took home the third prize. Without a doubt, the AGSB-ME team’s efforts justly paid off.

In a statement, Professor Del Carmen says, “While we encountered several challenges as we redesigned and reformatted our presentations we nonetheless succeeded in conveying our technology

story to the six judges as well as to an international audience of over 100 attendees. It truly is a great victory not only for David and myself but for AGSB-ME and the Philippines!”

The three-day program brought together young entrepreneurs from twelve participating Asian countries in its attempt to “create a big network for entrepreneurship development attracting mentors and venture capitalists from Asia and the world.” [1] This innovation-creating project aims to further hone young entrepreneurs’ craft in the field of business. Equipped with the right training and confidence, these entrepreneurs can contribute in helping overcome the numerous difficulties faced by the industry.

Well done and congratulations Professor Tony Del Carmen and Mr. David Cruz!

Prof. Enrique Soriano Elected National President of Marketing Educators
CELEBRATING AME’S 24 YEARS OF SUCCESS: AGSB MARKETING CLUSTER CHAIR ELECTED AS NATIONAL PRESIDENT

The Association of Marketing Educators, Philippines or AME which is celebrating its 24th anniversary on June 20, 2012 , is the unifying body for Marketing Educators established by the Philippine Marketing Association (PMA). Its main objective is the effective development of professors teaching Marketing in various colleges and universities in the country.

The Association of Marketing Educators, Philippines (AME) has a proud and fascinating history which dates back in 1988, when the Philippine Marketing Association, Inc. (PMA) Director-in Charge for Academe, Ma. Victoria Ac-Ac (at present the Dean of Business Administration of the Lyceum of The Philippines University – Manila), thought of actualizing the theme: “Maximizing Marketing Opportunities in a Rebounding Economy” by formulating an organization of marketing educators that would propagate the training of well-prepared marketing graduates and strengthening the academic sector of marketing. A preparatory meeting was held on March 26, 1988 at the Metropolitan Club’s San Juan Room. The meeting was attended by the PMA Board and Officers: President Sandy Pagulayan and directors Betty Bravo, Nellie Cadelina, Max Joaquin, and Eli Segundo with twelve professors in attendance.

On April 9, 1988, AME marked its formal organization and first membership meeting at De La Salle University hosted by its Department Chairman Prof. Teodoro Jurado. The meeting was participated by the original faculty members of the preparatory meeting and marked its first election of AME officers. Those elected were: Prof. Roger Buhay (De La Salle University) as president; Dr. Rudy Carolino (Philippine Christian University) as VP-Internal; Dr. Pacita A. Abasolo (Adamson University) as VP-External; Prof. Fidela Quioco (University of the East) as secretary; Prof. Sylvia Concepcion (University of the Philippines) as treasurer; Prof. Delia Mabeza (Philippine Women’s University) as auditor; Prof. Esmeraldo Dimaculangan, Jr. (San Beda College) as PRO; and Directors Prof. Emmanuel Fernandez (Ateneo de Manila University), Prof. Ma. Delia Ayran (UE), Prof. Susan Alegoria (Columban College of Olongapo City), Prof. Filomena Legazpi and Prof. Lolita de Guzman (both of San Sebastian College).

From then on, AME has had the distinction of benefiting from the leadership of 21 presidents — contributing a lot in terms of upgrading, elevating and enhancing teaching skills of AME faculty members through training, seminar, conferences, fora, etc.

AME Milestones

  1. “TanglawngKarunungan” award;
  2. Linkage with the Western Marketing Educators Association in the United States;
  3. “1st Marketing Case Writing” competition to encourage industry research and the 1st Teacher Practicum Program;
  4. 1st back-to-back conferences – The 1st Strategic Brand Management Conference in PICC with foreign speakers;
  5. Sent its first participants to the Western Marketing Educators Conference at Monterey, California in 1996;
  6. AME members with two 5-year P1.2 million program on free scholarship tie-up with PMA and Mansmith and Fielders, Inc. headed by Prof. Josiah Go, and Roberto and Associates headed by Dr. Eduardo Roberto;
  7. Memorandum of Agreement for cooperation with the Marketing Educators Association (MEA), USA; AME’s trust fund increased five-fold;
  8. AME launched its 1st newspaper column with several provincial chapters. Prof. Ed Martinez (New Era University) wrote and introduced the 1st ever chapter guidelines to improve regional management practices;
  9. AME became financially independent when its 7th National Students Marketing Conference of July 10, 2004, headed by Prof. Rodel del Mundo (DLSU –Dasmarinas) pulled in a certified all-time hit: record-breaking 4,300 paid attendees. Also, “Markethink” at Manila Times initiated a Strategic Planning Workshop for Serious-Minded Educators.

AME is run and served by a 15-seat Board of Directors, who are voted by its members. Each director holds a tenure of office of two years. Its executive functions are carried out by the Executive Committee who holds the position for a year. For Academic Year 2012-2013 the AME Board is composed of:

  • Prof. Enrique M. Soriano III – National President (Ateneo Graduate School of Business)
  • Prof. Daniel E. Hebron– VP, Internal Affairs (New Era University)
  • Prof. Ernesto B. Arpon – VP, External Affairs (University of the East Caloocan)
  • Prof. Ma. Victoria A. Abergos– Secretary General (Adamson University)
  • Prof. Gerald L. Villar– Treasurer (Far Eastern University, Manila)
  • Prof. Evangeline M. Dominguez – Auditor (Lyceum of the Philippines University – Manila)
  • Dr. Ignatius N. Anagbogu– Public Relations Officer (Far Eastern University, Manila)

Directors:

  • Dr. Maria Victoria M. Ac-Ac – Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila
  • Prof. Nemesio T. Barboza– University of Makati
  • Dr. Roberto M. Arguellas– Saint Louis University, Baguio City
  • Prof. LalaineB. Divinagracia– San Beda College, Manila
  • Prof. Menrado V. Cajayon – Adamson University
  • Prof. Princess Mae C. Umadhay– RRLSICT Academy, Iloilo City
  • Prof. Mima M. Villanueva – University of Iloilo, Phinma

Immediate Past President & Director:

  • Prof. Adolfo D. Aran III – De La Salle University, Manila
  • Ms. Annabelle C. Payawal – Administrative Officer

As the new captain of the ship and the 22nd elected AME president, Prof. Enrique Soriano pledged that his term will move towards the chosen theme for this year: “Shaping the Future of Marketing Education Amidst the Challenges of Technology and Globalization”. Changes and preparedness in business technology and global competitiveness will be the focus of his presidency.

World Education Congress Confers Business Leadership Award on AGSB

For the second time in a row, AGSB received another accolade for business leadership given in Mumbai, India last June 29. This award was given by the World Education Congress Global Awards for Excellence in Education, Leadership, and Teaching.

This is in recognition of AGSB’s pre-eminence and leadership in the offering of dynamic and responsive MBA programs to its practitioner-based constituents, adult learning teaching methods, and state-of-the-art facilities for both online and classroom teaching.

Dr. Mansibang, APS Registrar received the award in the form of a Trophy and a Citation for AGSB held at Taj Lands Mumbai Ends Hotel. The international gathering saw many global university and education leaders congregate in this Indian City to recognize the achievements of universities, education officials, and teachers.

Last year, AGSB also was also awarded as the Best Business School in Innovation Leadership held in Singapore under the auspices of CMO Asia Best Business Schools Awards.

Ateneo Graduate School of Business and Ateneo School of Government Commencement Speech

Who were the commencement speakers for the Ateneo Graduate School of Business for the last four or five years? They have been members of the Society of Jesus and Presidents or past Presidents of the University in the persons of Fathers Villarin, Nebres and Bernas and someone who is as Jesuit as anyone can be without being formally professed, in the person of Dr. Alfredo “Alran” Bengzon. They are all men steeped in the mission and tradition of the Jesuit educational apostolate.

This year, your Dean, Dr. Albert Buenviaje, told me he thought of choosing someone from outside the academe, someone from the business world, to address you. I was not quick-witted enough to say, “Hey, I am retired! No longer qualified!” I have not been in active management for the last nine years.

I have spent most of my working life in banking and finance, I joined the Executive Training Program of the then First National City Bank in 1963 then rose to various positions. I assumed the President’s position at Philippine Bank of Communications in 1974. I was also Chair at China Bank, President at Philbank and AsianBank and finally, for 18 months Chairman and CEO of United Coconut Planters Bank ending in August 2003. Bankers are usually not very well liked. Those of you who are familiar with the financial district of San Francisco would know about a huge black granite monument in front of the former Bank of America Headquarters. People say it represented the black heart of a banker, mercilessly squeezing every cent out of every client.

It is good that my friends and clients through the years do not consider me to be like that. There is basis for a nicer me. Some 50 years ago, like most of you, I, too, was a working student. Today, I think we call it continuing education or education in the work place. Mas maganda yata pakinggan. I spent about two or more years at what was then known as the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and Economics at Padre Faura. I completed most of the course requirements but, unlike you, I did not have the fortitude to write the required thesis. But I will assert that those were time and effort well spent. We had excellent professors, as I am sure you do have, and I truly learned from them. I owe them for what I have achieved in my business career. You see, I started college with a desire to be a Physician, enrolling for A.B. Pre-Medicine; then when I discovered that I disliked dissecting a cat and would dislike even more dissecting a human cadaver, I wanted to be a chemical scientist. But I did not believe there was much opportunity for such in our country. Then, I decided it was time to get a job and take business studies in the evenings.

After some 40 years of active management of organizations, I finally “retired” in 2003. I never defined “retirement” as playing golf everyday or planting flowers and vegetables in some little farm or lying around the beach the whole day. To me retirement meant no longer being responsible for the day-by-day management of organizations but still remaining involved both on the boards of business organizations as well as civil society organizations. I purposely maintained my membership in the Management Association of the Philippines to remain in touch with happenings in business and with former colleagues. Today, I sit on some one dozen boards—some for profit organizations; both listed and unlisted; some not for profit, including the Board of Trustees of our beloved University where we get no compensation. We do get very precious tickets to UAAP Basketball games!

What message then can I give the Class of 2012 of the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business and the School of Government? I notice that we are conferring Masteral degrees on more than 400 of you who are engaged in varied fields: health, information technology, entrepreneurship, government service and management in general. The common denominator is that you are not just “coming down from the hill” but you are already immersed in God’s world. What can I tell you that will help you succeed in putting your experience at the Ateneo to good use? Success was my goal. I am sure it is yours, too.

I am a simple person. I would like to dwell on the familiar—something that you must have heard again and again. I would like to recall for you and reflect with you a sentence in the Vision and Mission statement of the AGSB, which I am sure the ASOG also shares:
“We believe that expertise without integrity is empty, integrity without expertise is ineffectual, and expertise and integrity without service is irrelevant.”

In sum, this is what you and your faculty and counselors have been working on for
the last few years. Today, we recognize you have arrived. Certainly, you have improved your knowledge and skills or you would not have persevered. In the process, we believe you have imbibed Ignatian Spirituality to reinforce your commitment to unquestioned integrity in the service of God, your family, the country and your fellowmen.

Like you, my studies at the then Graduate School of Business and Economics prepared me well for the increasing responsibilities I assumed.

But integrity is not something we learned only at school. Our training for honesty and truthfulness started at home. We learned from the examples of our parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents and other relatives. Hopefully, this has been reinforced with the Ignatian Spirit of magis – doing more. Throughout our lives, we will be challenged in the area of integrity. In Citibank, when we were hired, in addition to all the employment forms, we signed off to acknowledge that we had received the Company’s statement on conflicts of interest. Very simply, we were told that if for any reason we could not make an unbiased decision on a matter before us, we should declare such conflict and let someone, usually higher than us, make the decision. Others were we should not allow ourselves to be entertained or receive gifts from anyone, unless we could reciprocate and get reimbursement from the bank. Nobody told you outright, “Here’s P500,000. Please approve this for me”. Once, someone who controlled an oil exploration firm was then offering shares for subscription at P0.01 each. “Eddie”, he said, “The shares of XXX are now trading at P0.03 per share. I can let you subscribe to 5 Million shares. You have to pay only 25% or P12,500 only and you can turn around and sell it immediately”. I would have made P100,000! P100,000 then would be equivalent to P1Mn today! I told him I would place myself in potential conflict of interest since he was a client of the bank. He argued there was no conflict since he was not borrowing from the bank. I had to flatly say “no”.

Years later, in another bank after the Board had approved lines for a certain company, the President and majority owner of the Company invited me for a drink. He thanked me for the approval of the credit facilities. Then, he said, “I have to have the mortgaged assets insured and I do not know any insurance company. Maybe, you or your relatives may be agents for some insurance company and I can get the insurance through you”. I politely said, “no” and politely told him he can choose any insurance company from a list that the bank had approved. Maybe these two gentlemen really sincerely wanted to help me and did not want anything in return. But I chose not to risk being put on the spot in the future. Your reputation for either proper or improper conduct spreads. There are very little “secrets” that remain secret for long. Maintaining a reputation for honesty will give you much reward as you move up in your career or business. Permit me to say that my having been invited to join the boards of many companies, and heading audit committees of the boards, have not been due to so much talent that I bring to the organizations but I believe more because they believe I can be trusted.

Two major financial scandals have recently been reported. The first involved a major New York bank, where the CEO reported that the office of the Chief Investment Officer incurred an unreported loss of some US$2B, which later grew some more. But there was no apparent determination of criminal liability, simply that the officer has resigned and has forgone his or her bonuses. Is that enough? To me what was wrong was not to have made the wrong decision and lost; the greater fault is to have concealed the loss. But probably the same officer made a lot of money for the bank in the past and the loss of employment was deemed sufficient punishment. The other scandal involved the alleged manipulation of what is known as the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (or LIBOR Rate). This rate is based on quotes not on done transactions. But LIBOR is used as reference rate in many transactions among financial institutions and between financial institutions and their clients. It seems banks and/or bankers submitted false quotes and in the process probably made bigger spreads. This case is still under investigation. I mention these only to show that given the pressure to make money in a difficult environment, ethical standards are easily forgotten. The players in this situation did not see themselves as having cheated someone with a face they knew. They were dealing with a faceless market and did not care who got hurt.

You and I know that the other ingredient for success is none other than hard work and hard work. There is no substitute for it. Early in my career, in a management seminar conducted by a management guru, Dr. Anacleto del Rosario, I learned ten little mono-syllabic words that I have not forgotten up to today, “If it is to be, it is up to me!” Reflect on this often, especially when you are feeling low. Whatever you achieve in life, whatever you become, it is really up to you. Then you may asked, “what about God’s help?” Are we not told, “Pray as if everything depended on God, and work as if everything depended on us”.

Your reputation for hard work also spreads through the community. Head hunters are able to check you out. I remember an incident early in my presidency of Philippine Bank of Communications, when an officer of a US correspondent bank came to pay a courtesy call on me, as we shook hands, he said, “I have been waiting to meet the bank president who works from seven to seven”. He said my work habit is talked about among New York bankers who visit the region. I come to work early to get my paper work done, as during banking hours, clients always drop by. We had a client in the copra/coconut oil industry who dropped by for a cup of coffee at 9 and stayed 15 minutes every morning. He maintained millions in his company’s checking account! In the evening, I left at 7 to avoid the 5 o’clock rush.

Why do we want to work hard? Personal satisfaction? To enhance our own self-worth? To know that we have made good use of the talents God has blessed us with and the expertise we have acquired? That’ s a proper reason. Then comes service. At home, we try to improve the lives of our children and sometimes grandchildren. In the workplace, we determine to be fair to those who work with us and give them the best opportunity to improve themselves. I have always considered this an obligation. If the companies I worked with in my early days did not do this for me, I would not have developed as I have. Then, it is my turn to do the same for others. As we grow in responsibility, we are later able to contribute to helping our poorer countrymen enjoy a better life through the implementation of corporate social programs.

Let me end my long-winded story by going back to what I quoted in the beginning:
“We believe expertise without integrity is empty, integrity without expertise is ineffectual, and expertise and integrity without service is irrelevant.”

Let us go forth and become relevant citizens of our country. I hope some 10 or more years from now, you will have the opportunity to reflect and say the message I received at graduation has helped me move forward – has helped me to be a better person. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.

Mr. Edward Go

AGSB Technopreneur Gets Asian Recognition

Neugent Technologies’ business strategy of making the internet and other applications available to the majority of Filipinos through competitively-priced devices won for the firm the Asian Entrepreneurship Award conferred in Japan last May. Represented by David R. Cruz III (left), Neugent Technologies competed with other tech enterprises across Asia. Neugent was nominated by the Ateneo Graduate School of Business Master in Entrepreneurship (ME) program headed by Prof. Tony del Carmen (right). Cruz formulated the strategy for Neugent after he completed the Ateneo ME program.

You can read the entire article at the Philippine Star website.

Photo and article are courtesy of Philippine Star website.

Dr. Mansibang Receives “Best Professor in Financial Management” Award At the 3rd CMO Asia Best Business Schools Awards in Singapore

Dr. Mansibang was conferred with the honor as one of the best professors in financial management held on July 19 at the Park Royal Hotel in Singapore. Best professors in marketing, human resource, strategic management, operations management, and information technology from various international universities and graduate schools of business were also given their respective Awards in a glittering ceremony attended by Asian and international participants from the academe and industry.

The Asia’s Best B-School Awards presented by the World Education Congress, CMO Asia and Stars of the Industry Group as strategic partners conferred on business practitioners and academics Awards of Excellence in teaching business courses in graduate management education recognized individuals and institutions who have surpassed several levels of excellence and set an example of being a role model and exemplary leadership in their respective fields.

Dr. Mansibang received a trophy and a citation from the founders of the CMO Asia and World Education Congress. He was selected by a jury after reviewing his qualifications, accomplishments, and teaching experiences in the business school.

The CMO Asia has more than 6,000 members in 110 countries whose main advocacy is to recognize the contributions of institutions and individuals in the uplift of business practice and business education worldwide.

Professor Antonio del Carmen Completes His PH.D. Degree

Professor Antonio Del Carmen has successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Enhanced Employability of TVET Graduates: A Multiple Case Study on the Effectiveness of Philippine TVIs” at the De La Salle University. He now holds the title of Doctor in Philosophy in Education, Major in Education Leadership and Management (Executive Program).

Professor Del Carmen obtained both his Master in Business Administration and Baccalaureate Degree (Bachelor of Arts in Economics) at the Ateneo de Manila University.

He is currently the Director of the Master in Entrepreneurship Program and faculty of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He teaches Entrepreneurship

AGSB Alumnus Made Executive Director of the World Bank

Outgoing National Treasurer Roberto Tan has been elected to represent a group of countries – the Philippines, Brazil, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago – to the World Bank Board of Directors for a term of two years. Tan will have the title of Executive Director.

Mr. Roberto Tan is an alumnus of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (MBA 1996). He likewise finished his Doctoral Studies from another Jesuit school, Fordham University in New York.

Dr. Alfredo R.A. Bengzon Receives the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award of Asia CEO

Dr. Alfredo R.A. Bengzon, VP for Professional Schools, Dean of ASMPH and Dean Emeritus of AGSB, received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from ASIA CEO.

The ASIA CEO Forum is the largest regular business event in the Philippines and considered one of the most important in the Asia Pacific region.

Aside from his responsibilities at the Ateneo de Manila University, Dr. Bengzon is also the President and CEO of The Medical City, an internationally accredited hospital of the Joint Commission International (JCI). He was the Secretary of Health for 6 years under the term of President Corazon Aquino.

Dr. Bengzon has received several awards and recognitions in his lifetime. One of them is the prestigious Lux-In-Domino Award – given by the Ateneo de Manila University. He is also a Ramon Magsaysay awardee for government service.

During the Asia CEO Forum awards night last November 8, 2012, he delivered a brief but very inspiring speech which you can read and download here.

The AGSB is certainly very proud of the achievements of Dr. Alfredo R.A. Bengzon. May his life be an inspiration to the whole AGSB community so we can achieve what our alma mater is asking of us. To be Lux-In-Domino Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. To be light in the Lord for the greater glory of God.

AGSB Faculty Gets Top PICPA Hall of Fame Award

Atty. Eugene T. Mateo, AGSB faculty member and once chair of the Finance Cluster and currently Chair of the Board of Accountancy of the Professional Regulation Commission, received the HALL OF FAME AWARD of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the highest and prestigious award that the CPA organization bestows its distinguished members.

In glittering ceremonies held at the Almont Hotel in Butuan City on the occasion of PICPA’s 67th annual convention on November 28-December 1, Atty. Mateo was feted by more than 2,000 CPAs in public sector, business and industry, education, and government in recognition of his long distinguished career in business and industry, education and government service.

He is credited for shepherding the passing of the Accountancy Act in Congress that gave prominence and recognition to the accountancy profession that is imbued with public interest.

Atty. Mateo received the award with his wife which was presented by the board of directors of PICPA headed by its president, Atty. Josefe Sorrera-Ty. On hand to witness the occasion is Dr. Cesar Mansibang, APS Registrar, himself an accountant and current president of the PICPA Southern Metro Manila Chapter.

Among the few and elite HALL OF FAMERS, of which Atty. Eugene now rightfully belongs are exemplary accountants like Francisco Dalupan, founder of the University of the East and Washington Sycip and Alfredo Velayo, founders of the SGV.

To All Foreign Students – For Immediate Compliance
MEMORANDUM:
TO: All Foreign Students
FROM: The APS Registrar
RE: Memorandum for Immediate Compliance

The following students are requested to report to the Office of the Registrar for updating their foreign student records:

BIAN, WEI HUA ATENEO-REGIS
CHAE, MYOUNG AH ATENEO-REGIS
HUANG, LIN ATENEO-REGIS
KIM, HWANCHUL MIDDLE MANAGERS
LUTHI, YVES DOMINIC ATENEO-REGIS
MENG, ZHIHE MBA-STANDARD
NAGASHIMA, YOSHIKIYO ATENEO-REGIS
SARAGIH, GRACE ELYTA MBA-STANDARD
SHAFER, SUMMER EVE DE GUIA ATENEO-REGIS
SUNDARAM, ANAND ATENEO-REGIS
ZHIHONG, ZHENG MBA-STANDARD

Bring the following documents and submit it to Patrick Ignacio:

  • Copy of passport (bio page)
  • I-Card/AEP
  • Copy of Visa

If you are unable to comply promptly we will be forced to put your enrollment of hold for the upcoming term.

Cesar A. Mansibang, Ph.D.
Ateneo Professional Schools Registrar

AGSB and EON launches the 2012 Trust Index

2nd PHILIPPINE TRUST INDEX SHOW FILIPINOS TRUST INSTITUTIONS MORE

Filipinos became more trusting of institutions in 2012, with more people saying they trusted the Government than the previous year, according to the 2nd Philippine Trust Index (PTI), undertaken by EON Stakeholder Relations in partnership with the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB).

Now on its second year, PTI—a study on trust among different stakeholder groups in the Philippines—showed that the most trusted groups in 2012 for the general public were the Church (68.1%), the Academe (45.1%) and the Media (32.2%). Ranked as the least trusted in 2011 with a 7% trust rating, Government mustered a trust rating of 15% in 2012, higher than NGOs (12.%) and Business (8.9%).

There were big jumps in trust levels of the informed public in urban areas for the different government agencies, starting with the Office of the President, for which trust levels almost tripled from 9.4% in 2011 to 21% in 2012; and the Cabinet, which saw its 2011 trust level of 4.4% more than triple to 14% in 2012. Trust levels for LGUs doubled from 7% in 2011 to 14.7% in 2012. There were also improvements in trust levels for the Supreme Court, Senate, RTCs, and Congress.

Undertaken in 2012, the expanded survey covered 1,575 respondents, both from the informed and general public nationwide, to provide a deeper understanding of the factors that create trust among institutions, and to identify the qualities and traits that Filipinos value the most.

“The findings show us that establishing trust is a dynamic process that all institutions need to pay close attention to – and we have seen in that in 2012 trust levels increased for the government, media and the church. This highlights the important role of communication and engagement among all organizations, whether they are building their brand, enhancing shareholder value, or rebuilding their reputation.” said Junie del Mundo, Chairman and CEO of EON.

AGSB Dean Albert Buenviaje added that “the findings are instructive and will guide us in better understanding the way Filipinos think and establish trust, whether for an individual or an institution. For the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, the PTI highlights trust an important ingredient in shaping effective leaders in the Philippines”

Other significant findings in the survey are the following:

  • TRUST GAP BETWEEN INFORMED AND GENERAL PUBLICS FOR SOME INSTITUTIONS – The informed public was generally less trusting of institutions than the general public. The informed public, comprising 600 respondents equally representing urban and rural areas, were at least 25 years old, had spent more than 2 years in college, represented economic classes A to C, and had significant media consumption. The general public, comprising 1,200 urban and rural respondents, were 18 years old and above and represented economic classes A to E, with majority not going beyond 2nd year college and with less media consumption
    The gap in trust levels between the informed public and the general public was especially pronounced in their trust levels for the Church (56.3% informed, 68.1% general public); Academe (39.5% informed, 45.1% general public); and Media, (32.3% general, 24.8% informed). Although trust levels of the informed public for NGOs, the Government, and Business were still lower than that of the general public, the gap between their trust levels was not as pronounced.

    Similarly, urban respondents indicated lower trust levels for the institutions than rural respondents. In particular, NCR respondents gave the lowest trust levels while North Luzon respondents gave the highest trust levels for the different institutions.

  • HEALTHCARE RECEIVES HIGHEST TRUST RATING – Among businesses, companies engaged in health care (37.3%%) emerged as the most trusted, followed closely by businesses in information technology (25.3%), agriculture (25.3%), and water and sanitation (24.7%). On the opposite end, the least trusted firms were those in the real estate (8.9%); the alcohol and tobacco sectors (6.2%); and mining (4.7%)
  • MOST TRUSTED NGOS ARE ON HEALTH AND NUTRITION – The most trusted NGOs were those that advocated health and nutrition (31.3%), youth and children (27.6%), and human rights (28.8%).
  • TRADITIONAL MEDIA STILL HAS HIGHEST TRUST – Traditional media earned the highest trust levels, but trust for online media increased. Television networks had a trust rating of 44.4%; radio, 31.3%; and newspapers, 24.1%.
  • UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES MOST TRUSTED – Universities and colleges had the highest trust levels among academic institutions (46% urban, 47.2% rural).
  • TRUST DRIVERS FOR GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, MEDIA, NGOs, CHURCH, and ACADEME
    • For the government, staying corruption-free (37% urban, 30.2% rural) remained the most important quality that respondents expected from the Government and its attached agencies. Other important attributes were being able to help the poor (rural 26.5%, urban 20%); holding on to campaign promises (rural 20.3%, urban 18.3%); and creating jobs (rural 14.8%, urban 13.3%).
    • How business treats its internal stakeholders is the most important driver of trust. Providing fair wages and salaries was ranked highest by all respondents (35.2% general public, urban and 35. 3% general public, rural areas). Slightly lower on the rankings were the following attributes: offers quality but fair-priced products; concern for society; and pays proper taxes.
    • Trust in Media was largely driven by being truthful (72.6%). Adherence to fairness came in a distant second (21.1%).
    • Trust in NGOs was driven largely by their ability to help those in need (71.2%). Other traits mentioned were being incorruptible, clearly defining advocacy, and fighting for people’s rights.
    • For the Church to keep its trust levels, respondents said it had to provide spiritual guidance (32.8%); be a role model of holiness (28.6%); and maintain its separation from the state (21.8%). In 2011, when only the informed public constituted survey respondents, separation from the state was the top ranked driver of trust in the Church. In addition, separation from the state was most important for the informed public in urban areas (52.7% in 2012 versus 46% in 2011). In contrast, this was considered an important trust driver by 25.3 % of the informed public in rural areas; 27.5% of the general public in urban areas, and of 16% of the general public in rural areas.
    • For the academe, the quality of the teachers was the single most important driver of trust (48.8%), followed by improved standards in education (18.8%); lower school fees (18%); school discipline (12.1%); and improved school facilities (9.5%).
  • TRUSTED SPOKESPERSONS VARY – In general, respondents trusted the head of the institution to give credible information about it. For the Government, media emerged as the second most trusted source of information on the institution, while volunteers emerged as second most trusted source of information for NGOs.

    Television is the most trusted source of news on the Government (54.6 urban, 59.1 rural) and on Business (41.1% urban, 49.8% rural). Radio and newspapers competed strongly for the second spot.

About the Philippine Trust Index

The inaugural edition of the Philippine Trust Index was launchedin September 2011. The study examined trust levels and drivers across the stakeholder groups of government, church, NGOs, business, and media. In addition, the first PTI also studied which communication channels and spokespersons are trusted by the Filipino Informed Public (Filipino Informed Publics are adult Filipinos aged 25 years and above, with educational attainment of at least 3rd year college, belong to economic class A to C, and access print, online and broadcast media at least twice a week, on average.)

In 2012, EON and AGSB expanded the PTI to the Filipino General Public (Respondents include all Filipinos who are at least 18 years old), and added the Academeas 6th stakeholder group. Data gathering for the 2nd Philippine Trust Indexwasheld in November to December 2012 through face-to-face interviews using a structured questionnaire. Respondents are 1,575 individuals (general and informed public combined) across rural and urban areas from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

www.eon.com.ph/philippinetrustindex

About EON The Stakeholder Relations Firm

EON is the Philippines’ premier stakeholder relations firm with expertise in public affairs and government relations, consumer PR, and CSR communications. With expertise that cuts across industries and communications practices, EON empowers its clients and partners by building trust-based relationships with their various publics.

EON initiated the Philippine Trust Index to generate critical insights useful in its efforts to help organizations protect their reputation, engage with their stakeholders, and build relationships with their publics.

EON is the Philippine affiliate of Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm.
www.eon.com.ph

Student Requests for Changes in Schedules
MEMORANDUM:
TO: Cluster Chairs, Faculty, Students
FROM: Registrar
RE: Student requests for changes in schedule

We wish to ensure that all concerned parties affected by a student’s request to change his/her load (switch, withdraw from, add sections/courses) are properly consulted prior to approval. We also wish to ensure that class sizes remain at optimum levels for learning purposes.

Effective May 15, 2013, students must secure their professors’ signed endorsement on the Change Schedule Form before submission to the Office of the Registrar.

For example, if a student wishes to switch from HUMRES section S04 to section S30 he/she must secure signed endorsements on the Change Schedule Form from the professors of BOTH sections.

The addition of students into a class also affects learners. Professors are assumed to have consulted their students prior to affixing their signed endorsements on the Change Schedule Form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

J.J. AGTARAP
Registrar

Noted by:

MR. ALBERTO BUENVIAJE
Dean

Conditional Enlistment
MEMORANDUM:
TO: Cluster Chairs, Faculty, Students
FROM: Registrar
RE: Conditional Enlistment

To protect the interest of those enlisting for their classes, conditional enlistment will be implemented for students who have not received grades for their requisite courses.

To illustrate, Managerial Accounting is a requisite for Financial Management. A student must complete MANACC before proceeding to FINMAN. The indicator of satisfactory completion is a final grade.

If a student, even after faithfully completing all requirements, has not received his/her grade in the requisite course, he/she may proceed to enlist for the higher course. This will allow the student to complete registration without delays and attend class.

However, if the student eventually fails the requisite course, he/she must withdraw officially from the higher course. The student will be notified in writing by the Registrar’s Office.

Professors are enjoined to submit grades of their classes promptly and completely. If their student has failed to complete requirements, the teacher should give the student a grade of Incomplete or Fail and not leave the grade blank.

Thank you for your cooperation.

J.J. AGTARAP
Registrar

Noted by:

MR. ALBERTO BUENVIAJE
Dean

Exceptions to Registration
MEMORANDUM:
TO: Cluster Chairs, Faculty, Students
FROM: Registrar
RE: Exceptions to Registration

Effective immediately, all requests for exceptions to registration (exemption from pre-requisites or probation, late registration, enlistment despite lacking grades in requisite courses, etc.) should be emailed to registrar@gsb.ateneo.edu.

Please include in your email the following:

  • Your full name
  • Degree pursued
  • Exception requested
  • Subjects already taken and passed
  • Work and educational background

These data are required to arrive at a decision to the exception being requested. Only requests with complete data will be entertained.

Requesting students may expect a response within 24 to 48 hours of the registrar’s office’s receipt of the student’s email request.

Please be guided accordingly.

J.J. AGTARAP
School Registrar

Noted by:

ALBERTO BUENVIAJE
Dean

CC: Cluster Heads, Curriculum Director, IT Officer, CCE Director

Official Class Lists
MEMORANDUM:
TO: Cluster Chairs, Faculty, Students
FROM: Registrar
RE: Official Class Lists

Only students officially enrolled in classes should be allowed to participate in, fulfill requirements of, and receive credit for said classes.

The Office of the Registrar shall send official class lists to all professors. This is besides the initial enlistment lists sent on the first day of class.

Professors teaching classes in the Standard, Middle Managers, and Health MBA programs will receive their official class lists on the 3rd week of class. Professors teaching classes in the Regis MBA Program will receive their official class lists on the 2nd week of class.

This is to provide enough time for students to finalize their schedules through enrollment, authorized late enrollment, and change schedule requests.

Students who are not on the official class list will NOT receive a grade in their official transcripts even if they claim to have attended and completed requirements for said classes.

Thank you for your cooperation.

J.J. AGTARAP
Registrar

Noted by:

MR. ALBERTO BUENVIAJE
Dean

Grade Submission Methods
MEMORANDUM:
TO: Cluster Chairs, Faculty, Students
FROM: Registrar
RE: Grades Submission Methods

We wish to protect the integrity of grades for all students of the Graduate School of Business (GSB). We also wish to minimize inconsistencies, or outright falsifications that may happen when a teacher’s grade is conveyed to a second party for encoding. This could unjustly expose the school (as other schools have) to legal censure or government sanctions from the Commission on Higher Education.

Ideally, professors themselves should encode the final marks of their students into the GSB’s Registrar Management System (RMS).

  1. Go to ws1.gsb.ateneo.edu/gsb2/faculty
  2. Log in using your username and password
  3. The system will display the Menu. From the Menu, click grading sheet
  4. Select from subjects to grade from the section column. After selection, the system will display the names of students under finals column. Click the “NOT” set link to activate grade selection. Then select from the list the appropriate grade of the student.
  5. Once done, click review grading sheet and it will turn to the next page to finalize grades of students.
  6. If no corrections are needed, click finalize grade or click “exit page”
  7. Finish

If the professor is unable to encode grades directly into the system, he/she may submit grades through signed official grade sheets. Grade sheets may be printed through the professor’s own access to the RMS.

  1. Go to ws1.gsb.ateneo.edu/gsb2/faculty
  2. Log in using your username and password
  3. From the menu, click grading sheet
  4. Select from the subjects to grade from the section column
  5. Click download grading sheet
  6. Print grading sheet.
  7. Finish

If the professor is unable to print the grade sheet her/himself, grade sheets may be requested from the Office of the Registrar.
Effective May 20, 2013, only grades submitted online through the RMS or through signed official grade sheets will be accepted by the Office of the Registrar.

Grades submitted via email, class cards, handwritten notes, faxes or any other means will not be accepted.

Thank you for your cooperation.

J.J. AGTARAP
Registrar

Noted by:

MR. ALBERTO L. BUENVIAJE
Dean

Entrepreneurship: A Roadmap to Inclusive Growth by Prof. Antonio M. del Carmen, PHD

THE FIRST HALF of 2013 saw several positive developments in our country. The two recent credit upgrades obtained by the Philippines from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s have placed the country in the investment radar of the international community.

In fact, even prior to these upgrades, the country’s foreign direct investments (FDI) have breached the $2-billion mark last year, the first time it did so in the past five years (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas). This could be contributory to the continuous growth in GDP which reached 6.6% in 2012 and is widely believed to have been largely consumption-led. Economist Benjamin Diokno saw three major contributors to this GDP growth: consumer spending, government spending, and, surprisingly, net exports, contributing 4.3%, 1.1% and 2.0%, respectively.

Furthermore, the overall confidence index in the Business Expectation Survey rose to 54.9% for the April-June period of 2013 indicating the positive outlook by the surveyed companies on the economy and their own financial performance in the coming quarter (PDI). This is the highest since the central bank began the BES in 2007 surpassing the previous peak of 50.6% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and up from the 44.5% a year earlier (BusinessWorld). On the political front, the generally peaceful and orderly mid-year election has confirmed the approval ratings of President Aquino’s administrative party and is expected to strengthen the collaboration of the executive and the legislative branches of government in furthering developmental and anti-corruption programs.

Amidst these positive developments, there are several challenges that continue to persist and which, hopefully, the public and private sectors can address with more determination and focus. The unemployment rate and underemployment rates are at 7.1% and 20.9% as of January 2013 (versus 7.2% and 18.8% in January, 2012) and remain to be the highest in Southeast Asia. Similarly, the economic growth over the past six years hardly made a dent in poverty incidence in the Philippines, as the percentage of Filipinos living below the poverty line remained practically the same. Official statistics from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) showed that poverty incidence stood at 27.9 % in the first semester of 2012–“practically unchanged” from the same period in 2009 (28.6 percent) and in 2006 (28.8 percent). These twin indicators of unemployment and poverty clearly show that whatever gains or growth the country has experienced in the last few years has not been inclusive and benefited a limited sector of the society.

Two prominent economists (Habito and Diokno) have pointed to the phenomenon of the jobless growth as the major obstacle that needs to be addressed in order to achieve inclusive growth. Habito said our growth is “narrow” because it positively impacts only a few industries and only a small proportion of our population. It is “shallow” because the growth is not deeply (nor widely) linked with our total economy. And it is “hollow” because it produced little or no jobs which meant many did not benefit from the growth (Lopez, 2013).

Diokno, on the other hand, doubts the sustainability of such growth. He argues that “a 6.6% GDP growth does not mean that the economic well-being of all 100 million Filipinos improved by the same rate” and, in fact, sees the economic behavior in 2012 as a poor model for strong, sustained and inclusive growth. The cold reality, as Diokno pointed out, is that we’ve seen this kind of growth before: during the 60s when the Philippines was the second most successful country in Asia, second to Japan. But that was not sustained. In 1998 during the term of President Cory, GDP grew at 6.8% and during Mrs. Arroyo’s watch, GDP growth was 6.7% in 2004 and 7.6% in 2010. Yet, in all three cases, growth was not sustained. The economy collapsed during the waning years of first Aquino administration. It contracted by 0.6% in 1991 and was practically flat (0.3% GDP growth) in 1992. In 2011, following a strong economic rebound in 2010, the economy slowed to 3.9% growth. He suggested that in order to make growth sustainable, an increasing share of economic output should be invested in public infrastructure and expansion of private businesses.

The PNoy administration has been stepping up its infrastructure projects and has engaged the private sector through the PPP (Private Public Partnership) Program. However, in the area of enterprise development, more initiatives need to be undertaken in encouraging the expansion of private businesses. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has actually developed the 2011-2016 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development Plan which aims to address the key challenges and constraints that continue to prevent the MSME sector from realizing its full potential and boosting the country’s industrial growth. However, statistics reveal that while the MSME sector accounted for 99.6% of total establishments in the country, and contributed 61.2% of the country’s total employment, it only accounted for 35.7% of total value added. It can, therefore, be deduced that the quality and sustainability of the employment generated by this sector remains to be low and unstable.

Furthermore, the number of micro enterprises that eventually succeed to become small or medium sized has been limited. DTI’s data showed that the share of medium enterprises remained miniscule at 0.4% while that of small enterprises was almost unchanged at 8.6%. Overall, the growth of the MSME sector has not been vigorous enough to propel the economy.

It is in this regard that the government, in partnership with industry and the academe, should develop innovative approaches that would help transform the Philippines from a largely managed economy (an economy controlled by large companies with a limited capacity to generate new employment opportunities) to an entrepreneurial society (Audretsch, 2009). As of 2011, there are 3,496 large enterprises out of the total 820,255 business establishments in the Philippines (or 0.4%) and these enterprises account for 39% of total jobs generated.

DTI statistics also show that the 3,287 medium enterprises (0.4%) contributed only 7.1% of job generation. The remaining 53.9% of the jobs were generated collectively by the 70,222 small enterprises (8.6%) and 743,250 micro enterprises (91.0%). Given these statistics, the Philippines can be considered as mainly a managed economy. On the other hand, a strong entrepreneurial society can prevent the boom and bust cycle that the Philippines has been experiencing over the past decades. Because of the Filipinos’ preference for or preoccupation with employment, boom cycles often benefit the big multinationals or big industries which account for less than 1% of the countries population. Thus, the trickle down effect of economic development happens at a very limited scale and inclusive growth is not experienced.

In a study on Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI, 2010), it was concluded that large numbers of new businesses do not also automatically translate into rapid growth. There is a need to examine the quality of the jobs that are being created particularly in the micro and small enterprises and correlate this to the jobless growth and the increasing underemployment rate that our country is experiencing. In fact, stable job creation does not flow from the creation of numerous micro businesses. The bulk of sustainable jobs are instead the result of a small number of extraordinary high-growth entrepreneurial ventures, or “gazelles”. While there are many societal benefits to micro and new firms, the real economic impact is generated by “gazelles” which are often the medium and small sized enterprises. The focus of program strategies, therefore, should not be on increasing the quantity of entrepreneurship but on the quality of enterprise development. This is where the entrepreneur’s level of education becomes another important feature of a venture with high growth potential (Bates, 1990) and where programs of mentoring micro businesses to become small and medium enterprises can have a bigger impact on economic development and inclusive growth.

In the entrepreneurship index of GEDI, the Philippines scored 0.13 and ranked 70th out of 71 countries ahead of Uganda and behind Syria and Guatemala. Denmark, Canada and US were the top 3 countries scoring 0.76, 0.74 and 0.72, respectively. The primary attributes used in the index were entrepreneurial attitudes, entrepreneurial activities and entrepreneurial aspirations. Thus, if we were to transform the Philippines into an entrepreneurial society, we need to change the attitudes, mindsets and aspirations of the Filipino entrepreneur. This is where the whole-brain thinking system is more effective in training entrepreneurs as it aims to develop not only the entrepreneur’s mastery of the enterprise and the environment but more importantly, the mastery of the self. In order to develop high-growth and high impact enterprises, entrepreneurs need to incessantly undertake product and process innovation. This is similar to Joseph Schumpeter’s (1942) creative destruction where he views that increasing the pace of restructuring (creative destruction) of the economy and adapting to a changing environment are likely to be beneficial.

If we, therefore, want to have inclusive growth, we should not only encourage the establishment of enterprises but prepare and train Filipinos to be true entrepreneurs. . . entrepreneurs who are deliberate and purposive in their strategizing; entrepreneurs who are innovative and have the capacity for creative destruction; entrepreneurs who are whole-brained and have mastery of the self. If the current positive developments are accompanied by an increase in entrepreneurial activities, there is a bigger chance for inclusive growth to happen and thereby expanding the benefit of economic progress.

Link to the Article: http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Beyond&title=Entrepreneurship:-A-roadmap-to-inclusive-growth&id=71837

Ateneo Pays Tribute to Dr. Alan Bengzon

Ateneo de Manila University officials staged Sunday a special surprise tribute for former Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health dean and Vice President for the Professional Schools Dr. Alfredo Bengzon MD who stepped down after decades of service to the university.

The tribute was held in the form of a commencement exercise – but only for one particular student.

It was opened by Ateneo president Fr Jett Villarin SJ. “This evening we celebrate the beginning of a great journey of one of the most exceptional individuals the Ateneo has seen” he said. The night’s hosts were Dr. Obet Tanchanco and Dr. Antonette Palma-Angeles

The event was graced by the presence of Dr. Bengzon’s family, friends and colleagues. Basketball players Nonoy Baclao, Emman Monfort, Chris Sumalinog and JP Erram came to celebrate with him.

The ASMPH Vox, Ateneo Chamber Singers, Ateneo College Glee Club,the Blue Babble Battalion, and his granddaughter Celine Bengzon had special performances. In a successful attempt to inject some humor and fun into Bengzon’s life and achievements, the Ateneo community also prepared a special music video entitled “Doctah Bengzon Style.”

The guests also played the game “Graduate o Grad-wait??” where they had to guess Dr. Bengzon’s grades in particular grade schoolsubjects.

The night was a journey back to Dr. Bengzon’s days as an Atenean. His close friends paid tribute to him that night, as well as his homeroom teacher Fr. Catalino Arevalo SJ, his longtime friends Mr. Bobby Paterno and Ms. Dina Abad, Ateneo Law School dean, Atty. Sedfrey Candelaria, and Fr. Bienvenido Nebres SJ.

That night the Dr. Alfredo R.A. Bengzon Medical Scholarship Fund was inaugurated. As the first endowment completely dedicated to scholarships for students of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, the Dr. R.A. Bengzon Medical Scholarship Fund is initiated by the colleagues, former students, friends and family of Dr. Alfredo Bengzon, each one of whom has been inspired by his guidance, mentorship and leadership.

*Photo and article taken from the official Ateneo De Manila University website
http://www.ateneo.edu/news/ateneo-pays-tribute-dr-alran-bengzon

New Online Database Available: EMIS (Emerging Markets Information Service)

A new online database is now available for the Ateneo Professionals Schools’ students and faculties: EMIS (Emerging Markets Information Service), the replacement for Euromonitor, can be accessed at :

http://site.securities.com/php/emiscom/registered

EMIS delivers deep, rich company and industry information, alongside the relevant proprietary and multi -source news, research and analytics that allow professionals to make profitable decisions faster.

This single resource of hard-to-get information covers more than 100 emerging markets, includes company profiles and financials from more than 1.7 million listed and private companies, offers single company and industry analysis, and delivers proprietary and multi -source news and research from over 20,000 publications, all delivered via an easy-to-use interface. You can access the user guide at http://site.securities.com/emis_user_guide.html

EMIS database can be accessed only within the Ateneo Professionals School premises through one of the follwing portals:

Thank You.

EBSCO Host Research Database and Gale Virtual Reference Library Access Accounts

To: All MBA Faculties and Students

You can now access online the Ebsco Host Research Database and the Gale Virtual ReferenceLibrary of the Ateneo Professional Schools Library. To ensure that only Ateneo faculties and students will be able to access these online resources, the login details will be sent to your Faculty/Student’s Access Module Page under your message inbox. For Students, the login details will be only sent to those who are enrolled for the current trimester or term.

For Faculties, login at http://ws1.gsb.ateneo.edu/gsb2/faculty
For Students, login at http://ws1.gsb.ateneo.edu/gsb2/students

To access these sites, visit our website, http://gsb.ateneo.edu, under Online Resources. Select the resource site you want to enter by clicking the logo of either Ebscohost Research Database or Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Take note that the password resets every trimester. We will provide the new login details every trimester before the start of the class.

For inquiries, you may contact the Ateneo Professionals Schools Library – Information Commons Section at 8997691 loc. 2005.

Thank You.

Submission of Official Transcript of Records Prior to STRAMA Defense
MEMORANDUM:
TO: All Students of the Graduate School of Business
FROM: The APS Registrar
RE: Submission of Official Transcript of Records prior to Strama Defense

Effective 2nd Trimester of School Year 2013-2014 (December 9, 2013), all students enrolled in Strategic Management (StraMa), must furnish the Office of the Registrar with their Official Transcript of Records and Transfer Credentials from their previous school prior to presentation /defense of their StraMa Papers.

Please be guided accordingly.

JOAQUIN JULIAN B. AGTARAP
Registrar

Noted by:

MR. ALBERTO L. BUENVIAJE
Dean

SPSS Software Now Available

Faculty and students may now use the IBM SPSS Statistics Base software in the Ateneo Professional Schools. For AGSB Faculty, you can use the software in the Research Department (4th floor), AGSB Office, or in the APS Library – Periodicals Section. For MBA Student, you can use the software in the APS Library – Periodicals section only.

The IBM SPSS Statistics Base is a statistical analysis software that delivers the core capabilities one needs in conducting analysis. For more info, visit the official website at http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/us/en/spss-stats-base

Total Ban on Smoking
MEMORANDUM:
TO: The University Community
FROM: Nemesio S. Que, SJ
RE: Total Ban on Smoking

In 2009, the Vice President for Planning and Administration issued a “No Smoking Policy” in the University to comply with the provisions of Republic Act 9211[1] otherwise known as “Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003” which prohibits smoking in “centers of youth activity such as playschools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities.”

After reviewing the implementation of the said policy and to further the University’s commitment to provide a healthy and sustainable learning and working environment for all members of the community, it iss deemed necessary to declare a total ban on smoking in all Ateneo de Manila University properties, both owned and operated, and its perimeter. These include, but are not limited to, the Loyola Heights Campus; the Ateneo Professional Schools Buildings in Rockwell and Salcedo in Makati; the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health Building in Pasig; and all satellite campuses. Likewise, all affiliate and auxiliary units within Ateneo de Manila University properties, as well as all visitors, suppliers, contractors and couriers inside the campuses are required to abide by the total ban on smoking.

This will take effect on Friday, 15 November 2013. This will also supersede all previous policies allowing smoking in the campuses.

Everyone is encouraged to inform their fellow community members and visitors of the total ban on smoking.

For your information and compliance.

[1] RA 9211

In the Spirit of Volunteerism, Typhoon Yolanda
By: Rocky Gabatin and Jerome Peralta
Photos from Loraine Mora
Students of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business
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When something so devastating, so traumatic happens, we simply cannot just turn away and pretend that it didn’t even exist. This is especially true with what had just happened in the Philippines, which weather experts touted as the greatest weather disaster in recent history. On November 8, 2013, the category five typhoon, Haiyan, notoriously known as Typhoon Yolanda in Philippine soil, raked its claws into the Visayan region, destroying hundreds of millions in property damage, killing thousands of the population and displacing several thousands more.

As news of devastation came, there was a rush of help from different organizations and other countries to aid the typhoon victims. But more inspiring was that many ordinary citizens answered the call to give whatever they can. Whether it was donating clothes, food, bottled, drinks; packing and sorting donations; or buying paraphernalia geared to increase financial donations, this was all about being a volunteer. It builds a strong society; it promotes social welfare.

Thus, last November 27, 2013, several students of HUMRES Class S66 organized a relief operation at Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines in Bagong Ilog, Pasig. Ms. Ivy Formoso, Human Resource Management (HUMRES) professor at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB), said these words to her students, “Class, extend a helping hand.” The HUMRES students who answered the call were Loraine Mora, Jackie del Castillo, Exo Peralta, Loraine Federizo, Rose Tan, Marchellie Balay, Joanne Sabularse, Kristine Celicious, Lucille Robles, Kristel Santillan, Raul Enriquez, Jr., Nathaniel Fernandez, and Rocky Gabatin.

Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, Inc., established in 1996, provides humanitarian assistance to alleviate “hunger, disease, unemployment, illiteracy, and abuse.” 1

Heeding the call for help, Loraine Mora, our Class President, gathered all available people from our Humres S66 class to partake in the volunteer work. From email thread to classmates to individual text messages, she made sure that everyone was informed and involved. Once the date and time were set, we were ready to go.

Then the day finally arrived. One after another, we came to the site. We had to write our names down on a log-sheet to confirm our presence; some of us were still in office attire—but it didn’t matter. We were instructed to proceed to the “warehouse.” No one thought that this “warehouse” was something else; it was simply a long stretch of impromptu tent made out of what seemingly a lorry cover.

Upon arriving inside the makeshift warehouse inside Operation Blessing compound, the students were briefed on what to do: sort through what could have been the Mt. Banahaw of donated garments. One consolation, though, was that the staff was very organized and wonderful to us volunteers. We were given surgical gloves and masks to protect ourselves. We were also prayed over before starting to pack the donations. Lastly, we were given free dinner, water, coffee and biscuits. Even to volunteers, Operation Blessing showed compassion & benevolence.

Instructions on how to go about arranging the piles upon piles of clothes were given. “Isang sako kay Nanay, isang sako kay Tatay, kay Kuya, Ate, at kay Baby (One sack for mommy, one of daddy, one for Kuya, one for Ate and another for the baby),” said one of the staff. “Siguraduhin natin na maayos at magagamit pa nila ‘yung ibubukod natin (Make sure that what we’ll pack are things that are still in good working order and useable),” said another. We has to discard torn and tatty clothes in a separate sack.

It was tough working inside the makeshift warehouse. Having been made out of tarpaulin material, air was hot and stifling. The only entry point of air was the small passageways that also acted as entry and exit points of people. Inside, the combination of old, some partly moist due to recent rainfalls, clothes being transferred from one place to another, the sweat from the people working in the sorting, and the dust flung into the air from the clothes and people moving about was an extreme challenge. It was hard to move around because of the heaps of unsorted clothes; it was hard to breathe in deeply from the motes floating in the air.

We were tasked to pack the mountain of clothes inside this big tent. It was a very daunting task considering that we were very few. It seemed like we will have “ONE BIG FIGHT!!!” for that night.

God heard our prayers! He sent more “angels” later that night! Everyone was willing to help – teens, adults, professionals, students, girls and boys.

You could strongly feel the “bayanihan spirit” inside this tent. People were willing, even eager to help. There were no boundaries among those who came in – no ages, no careers, no genders; no other agenda but to fulfil this urge to volunteer. We saw these strangers uniting for someone else’s benefit, someone else’s hope. There were husband and wife, both doctors, and came in including their two children (who, I think, are 7 and 10 years of age). There were several groups of teenagers who chose to come in the building to help and at the same time, bond as friends. There were even walk-ins who just had thought of coming in to see what help they could give.

The re-packing was now in full throttle! Every corner of the room was filled with volunteers. Everyone was enjoying the work. You can hear laughter from every corner. Some chose to have some fun flinging some pieces of fabric at one another. “Ate, catch! Kay kuya yan!,” one volunteer uttered as she pointed at the nearly full sack of sorted clothing as it flew through the air. People laughed at jokes being told. Some sang.

After a few more hours, we were now able to see the floor that was filled with clothes earlier. The hours just literally passed by. The activity was fun and fulfilling. We also had a chance to know each other in a more personal level because of the activity. We all felt a sense of accomplishment just by looking at the boxes of sorted clothes that were ready to board the container vans for the victims of “Typhoon Yolanda.”

Going through this activity was a profound experience for all of us. This relief operation was different; while there was a substantial sense of fulfillment, there was an equal feeling of sorrow. We were doing this for the sake of survivors who were left homeless, penniless, and desperate—survivors who have family members painfully taken away from them.
At the end of the activity – despite the grime, fatigue, sadness, and sweat – everyone felt blessed and grateful. Nathaniel said, “It felt great to contribute time and effort to serve the Filipino people in need and to help them recover.” Even with just this activity, we, as HUMRES students, knew that we had done our part and there was this very important realization with how we experienced being a volunteer. As Loraine put it, “As humans, we are responsible for one another. If we truly desire to have a better world, we [must] act together as one. Sharing love to others without expecting in return is pure bliss.”

Indeed, there is no better time for this country to show its resilience despite calamities, death, and famine. Exo realized “that ‘Bayanihan’ spirit is more strongly felt in volunteerism compared to merely giving donations. It has changed my perspective in helping others. I will surely take part in similar activities in the future.”
There is no better time for this country to create hope… there is no better time to rise again as one nation.

Cura Personalis, AGSB!

Plagiarism Report Requirements
MEMORANDUM:
TO: All AGSB Students
FROM: Joaquin Julian B. Agtarap
RE: Plagiarism Report Requirements

We remind all concerned to have all STRAMA papers screened by the School’s accredited Plagiarism Detector located at the AGSB MIS Office prior to defense.

We make the following qualifications:

Authorized personnel from the Offices of MIS, Registrar and Administrative support affix their signatures to the Plagiarism Report. These signatures merely indicate that the student has subjected his/her paper to required plagiarism screening.

Only the Dean, the student’s STRAMA professor, and defense panelists are authorized to determine whether or not the percentages generated by the Report in connection to Referencing, Links, Originality and Plagiarism are acceptable.

Please be guided accordingly.

J.J. AGTARAP
School Registrar

Noted by:

ALBERT BUENVIAJE
Dean

Visa/Mastercard Online Payment is Now Available

Students can now pay online using any Visa/MasterCard Credit Card during enrollment through the BPI Secure Pay payment facility. The Visa/MasterCard Online Payment facility is integrated with the GSB Registration System to deliver an efficient, hassle-free enrollment system in real-time mode. Any student who will use the Visa/MasterCard Online Payment Facility will be enrolled immediately upon approval of the bank. Please use the preferred browsers for this facility, namely: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari.

Here are the steps in using the Visa/Mastercard Online Payment Facility.

  1. Go to http://www.gsb.ateneo.edu
  2. Click the link Login beside the search bar located on the upper right portion of the page.
  3. Login at the Student Access Module. Provide the needed username/password to access your account.
  4. Click Registration
  5. Select Subjects to register, then click Save.
  6. When done selecting subjects, click Asses.
  7. Under Payment Options, select Visa/MasterCard Payment
  8. A message prompt will appear if you want to proceed. Click Pay Now.
    You will be redirected to the BPI Secure Payment Gateway website.
  9. Select either Visa or MasterCard (depending on your credit card)
  10. Enter Cardholder’s Credit Card details.
  11. Click Pay.
    Request for payment will be approved by the bank. If approved, a pagewill appear saying that your request has been approved.
  12. The BPI system will redirect you to the GSB website but requires confirmation regarding site security. Do the following steps depending on your browser:
    • For Mozilla Firefox, click the link “I Understand the Risk”, then click “Add Exception”, then click “Confirm Security Exception”.
    • For Google Chrome, click “Proceed Anyway
    • For Safari, click “Continue

    Once redirected, a page will be displayed saying that you have a successful transaction.

  13. You are now officially enrolled. Click Schedule in the menu for verification.

Please note that:

  1. A Transaction Fee of Php 250.00 will be charged by the bank per successful transaction.
  2. Cut-off time for Visa/MasterCard payment is 7PM of the same day. Otherwise, you will lose your registered subject by 7PM of the same day.
  3. Students can only use this facility during enrollment.
  4. Students can use the Visa/MasterCard Online Payment Facility to pay for tuition fees only (or as what is displayed in the Assessment Page during registration). This facility cannot be used to pay for other items (books, etc.)

Students may claim their tuition receipts 2 to 3 days from the time of enrolment as the Cashier’s Office needs to wait for the official report of the bank.

Student Orientations
MEMORANDUM:
TO: All Students of the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business
FROM: The Dean
RE: Student Orientations

As you are aware the Student Orientation is an essential component of the AGSB curricula.

Students are informed of important administrative matters and resources needed for studies. More importantly, they will also be introduced to insights of the Ateneo culture that will be relevant even after degree completion.

We remind all concerned that attendance in the student orientation is one of the requirements for graduation.

Effective immediately, all new students must attend the student orientation within two trimesters (or 4 terms for those in the MBA-Regis Program) of their first enrollment. Non-attendance will block students from registering in their 3rd trimester at the AGSB.

Old students must attend their student orientation before the close of the 2nd trimester of School Year 2013-2014. Non-attendance will block students from registering in the 3rd trimester of School Year 2013-2014.

The above measures are being implemented to avoid situations where we have to block students from graduating because of non-attendance in the student orientation program.

Please be guided accordingly.

ALBERTO L. BUENVIAJE

AGSB Faculty Member Appointed to the Board of Accountancy
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Dr. Eliseo A. Aurellado, Chair of the Finance Cluster of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, was appointed member of the Board of Accountancy for a 3-year term last May 7, 2014 by President Benigno Aquino III. The oath was administered by Professional Regulation Commission Chair Teresita R. Manzala at the PRC Office in the City of Manila. As member of the Board, he is tasked to administer the licensure examination for Certified Public Accountants and to help regulate accounting practice in the Philippines.

Dr. Aurellado completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, major in Accounting (Magna Cum Laude) at the University of the East; earned his Master in Business Administration at the University of California Los Angeles; and his Doctor of Philosophy in Organization Development at the Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute School of Organization Development.

Over the years, he has worked with and held leadership positions at many of the largest firms in the country, including SGV & Co., Filinvest Credit Corp., IBAA, and PCI Bank. Aside from being a faculty member of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and Chair of its Finance Cluster, he is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer of Metro Stonerich Corporation.

Commencement Speech of Gov. Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. – AGSB Commencement Exercises 2014

A MESSAGE to BATCH 2014 of the
ATENEO GRADUATE SCHOOL of BUSINESS

by

BANGKO SENTRAL GOVERNOR
AMANDO M. TETANGCO, JR

Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat!

Nelson Mandela, the great statesman and civil rights leader, once said…that…“Education…is the most powerful weapon. “which you can use…to change the world.”   This is a powerful statement from the man who stood up for racial equality through peaceful means.

Indeed, education is the lasting weapon of change for the better…not bullets, not violence, not war.  Graduations such as this therefore…should be a cause for celebration…for hope…for optimism.

According to Dean Rodolfo Ang of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, there are over 400 graduates here today who have completed their MBAs or Master in Entrepreneurship.  This is such a rich harvest!

Given the challenges of obtaining a master’s degree… all the graduates, their families, and the Ateneo community…fully deserve praise…and our wholehearted congratulations.

Now, what is in store for our graduates?

Well, ladies and gentlemen…I can tell you that you are stepping up the plate at the right time.

Our country is on track to sustain robust economic growth…even as local and global conditions are fraught with challenges.  If you recall, even with the losses inflicted by natural disasters in 2013, the Philippines still went on to register a GDP growth rate of 7.2%,  the highest in the Southeast Asian region and the second fastest in the whole of Asia.

It was also in 2013 that the Philippines was awarded, for the first time, an investment grade credit rating by the world’s top three credit rating agencies. This is equivalent to a seal of good housekeeping…that the risk of the Philippines defaulting on its loans is remote; they are saying that our country would be able to honor and pay its loan obligations on the strength of its solid macroeconomic fundamentals. In fact, last May, S&P awarded the Philippines with another upgrade, which raised our credit rating by one more notch.

I remember, very clearly, that the environment was not as rosy and promising at the time of my graduation in 1973. That was 41 years ago, when I graduated with an AB Economics degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola. The breakout of the Arab-Israeli War had triggered sharp increases in energy prices, oil rationing across many countries, and a global recession.

In the Philippines, the oil crisis caused a slowdown in our economy…with Gross Domestic Product or GDP growth rate dipping from 8.9% in 1973 to 3.6% in 1974.  Meanwhile inflation surged from 15.7% in 1973 to nearly 32% in 1974.

This was also the year I decided that as a graduate of economics, the best place for me would be the central bank. And so, I wrote a letter of interest to then Central Bank Governor Gregorio Licaros. Soon after, I moved from SGV and Co. to the Central Bank.

Ten years later …  the economy was in worse shape… Not because of my transfer… but because the country could no longer pay its foreign debts. Against this backdrop, the country experienced the worst combination of high inflation and recession during the period 1983-1984. Inflation skyrocketed from 9.5% in 1983 to an all-time high of 50% in 1984, while GDP growth rate went into negative territory in 1984 when the economy contracted by 7.3%.

The accumulation of foreign debt since the 1970s together with the sharp rise in foreign interest rates in the early 1980s  had made debt servicing unsustainable.  This left the country with no choice but to declare a foreign debt moratorium in October 1983, two months after the assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr.

With a debt moratorium and a credit freeze as a consequence, the Philippines had to use cash in transacting with the rest of the world. That meant government had to prioritize use of and ration scarce foreign exchange resources, starting with critical items such as food, dairy products and oil.

To address the situation, the central bank negotiated additional standby credit with the International Monetary Fund. This was a crucial first step in clearing the way for debt restructuring with creditor-countries and commercial bank lenders and in securing new loans to cover current foreign exchange requirements.

I was part of the debt negotiation team under then Central Bank Governor Jose B. Fernandez. This is what I can tell you about the negotiations: it was far from easy, involving a tedious and complex process.  It took months of difficult negotiations before agreements were reached with our creditors on our debt restructuring… as well as the grant of fresh credit which they called “new money”.

With credit partially restored and after taking some hard economic measures, our economy started to recover from the debt crisis episode. By the end of 1985, inflation had eased from 50% in 1984 to 22.6 %. Inflation dropped further to one percent…yes one percent… in 1986.  This was the year when we got some respite as our crude oil imports dipped with the easing of international prices.  This was also the year when the historic EDSA People Power Revolution peacefully restored democracy in our country. By end 1986, our GDP was up 3.4%.

A little over a decade later, we had to deal with the fallout from yet another crisis: the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis.  An overvalued currency that encouraged overdependence of unhedged short-term foreign loans and short-term portfolio inflows to finance a growing external current account deficit.  This left the country vulnerable to contagion when the Thai Baht devalued.  As currency speculators withdrew from the region, the value of the peso also plunged.  Just like in 1983, I found myself in the middle of the financial crisis.  During this period, I was in-charge of the BSP Treasury, which was the “face” of the BSP in the foreign exchange market.

The spike in interest rates and ensuing tight credit conditions triggered business closures and defaults on bank loans. The recessionary impact on our economy was immediate: GDP dropped from a 5.2% growth rate in 1997 to a negative 0.6% in 1998.
The next international crisis we had to contend with came a decade after. It started in the United States in 2007…with billions of sub-prime housing loans that went unpaid. Interest rates had increased to levels that made it unaffordable…and unsustainable for many borrowers to pay.

The crisis eventually escalated into a global credit freeze that triggered a debt crisis in credit-dependent institutions and sovereign countries…which had to pay sharply higher interest rates, if…and when…credit was available. Many debtors defaulted on their payments as companies closed, millions lost their jobs along with their purchasing power, and economies contracted from lower global demand for goods and services.

This led major central banks such as the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the European Central Bank to support financial institutions with massive amounts of money…at low interest rates. This was a strategy meant to avoid a financial system meltdown and restart lending  that they hoped would revive their economies.  This is what is called quantitative easing or QE.

By this time, I was into the second year of my first term as central bank governor. Our assessment in the BSP then, was that there was no compelling reason for a policy move as radical as the QE, principally because our continuing structural reforms have strengthened our economy. What the BSP immediately did at the time was to assure the banks that the BSP was ready to provide both dollar and peso liquidity should this be required.  We also adopted other confidence building measures and closely monitored developments abroad, continuously assessing their potential impact on local markets and the overall economy.

When the global market got its bearing back, foreign funds searching for yield became attracted to countries such as the Philippines that offered good growth prospects.  Surges of capital inflows into economies such as ours brought with them their own sets of problems, including the threat of excessive liquidity and financial stability risks from potential asset price bubbles.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have shared some highlights of the saga of our economy…its ups and down…from the point of view of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas… In a manner of speaking, I walked you through Economic History 101  in 15 minutes… This I did, mainly for three reasons:

First, to let you know that our economy provides endless exciting opportunities…and challenges…for persons who wish to contribute in keeping it strong…to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth;

Second, to share what we have learned from the past; and

Third, to describe how we are using these lessons to move our economy forward.

Essentially, we have learned the following:

•    A crisis could come anytime;

•    Crisis triggers could be national, regional or international;

•    360-degree scanning is important to avoid being blindsided and failing to see possible threats…as well as opportunities;

•     There are lessons to be learned from each crisis;

•    The best time to prepare for a crisis is in good times;

•    Patience is a virtue. Good programs such as structural reforms  take time to develop and generate dividends

•    Calibrate response to challenges to maximize results, ensuring prudent use of resources, and to avoid unintended consequences. For example, do not use an axe to swat a fly.

These are not just nice buzzwords… They are real and true every time… Take it from someone who has been a veteran of at least four crises since I left the halls of Loyola Heights!

The THREE PILLARS OF CENTRAL BANKING

At the BSP, we have used the episodes of each crisis to learn and refine the way we conduct our business. Ultimately, ours has become a success story — not perfect…that’s for sure…. but able to deliver where it counts: on our Constitutional mandate.

The most fundamental responsibility of the BSP is its mandate to provide stability to the economy through stable prices as measured by inflation, a sound banking sector, and the reliable payments and settlement system.

Based on these three pillars of central banking, I can say that the Bangko Sentral is delivering on its mandate. Price stability is being achieved, with inflation remaining within our target range of 3 to 5%; the banking system is sound, stable, and able to meet the funding requirements of our economy; and the BSP’s payments and settlements system or PhilPass is safe, reliable and efficient.

Let me elaborate. I hope that after hearing how the central bank works, some of you may be encouraged to join government service through the BSP.

The primary objective of the BSP’s monetary policy is “to promote price stability conducive to a balanced and sustainable growth of the economy.”

Well,  we have enjoyed single-digit inflation in the last 19 years. Prudent and forward-looking monetary policy has helped achieve this.  Last year, inflation was kept low at 3 percent and we expect it to stay within the target range and firmly well within single digit levels this year and over the medium term.  (slide 1 –inflation)

It is important for our people to know that the BSP is firmly committed to promote stable prices. Inflation is a people issue. This is our contract with our people: that we will keep inflation at bay to the best of our ability…through factors that are within our control …. such as  interest rates, money supply and foreign exchange rates.  At the same time, we coordinate  with other agencies responsible for the basic goods and services that the average consumer requires. In addressing price pressure coming from the supply side. We also conduct consumer and business expectation surveys to validate our targets.

Low and stable inflation has allowed the BSP to maintain  policy rates at low and stable rates.  And since banks use the BSP’s policy rates as benchmark, interest rates on loans of banks have also trended lower. This has yielded benefits for consumers, business and the economy.

Our ability to provide stability to the economy has also been enhanced by our deliberate decision to build up our gross international reserves to levels beyond the standard. The standard is to have reserves equivalent to at least three months of imports. Today, our GIR is $81 billion,  enough to cover 11 months ‘worth of imports of goods and services.  In 1973 our GIR was just over $1 billion.  Why did we do this?

Well, the world has changed so much and we have seen how contagion can spread so fast in an interconnected world. In addition, developments in the global economy remain uneven, unpredictable and volatile at times. We are now in what is called the new normal.

In such an environment, a comfortable level of GIR  provides us with buffers that can protect us from possible shocks in the future.   ( slide 2 – line or bar chart of GIR from 1973 to the present with dots to indicate crisis episodes)

With the increase in our internal reserves, we prepaid our loan to the IMF in 2006, finally ending over 40 years of indebtedness to that institution.

The BSP’s resolve to pursue its longer-term reform agenda for our banks has yielded benefits for our economy as well. We have a sound and well-capitalized banking system that is supportive of our growing economy.  Bank assets continue to grow, deposits continue to climb, and loans continue to increase, the bulk of which are directed to production sectors that have strong multiplier effects. (slide 3 –banking system from 73 to the present : assets, equity, loans, and deposits)

Credit rating agencies cite our sound and stable banking system as a credit positive… in giving the Philippines an investment grade status.

Ladies and gentlemen, this became possible because we instituted governance reforms, improved risk management guidelines, and raised required capitalization to align with international standards. In the process of crafting policies and programs, we have been consultative. We discuss proposed reform measures with our stakeholders…because at the end of the day, we want workable and effective programs for our banking industry that will benefit our people and our economy.

The BSP also takes the lead in promoting a safe, sound and efficient payments and settlement infrastructure through PhilPass, our real-time gross settlement system. This has strengthened confidence in our financial system as it has reduced systemic risks from possible huge value payment defaults.  It can be said that PhilPass is one of the reasons why our financial system continues to grow. (slide 4 –PhilPass volume and value since its start).

PhilPass has also played a significant role in lowering bank remittance charges for overseas workers and local users…. by opening up its facilities for remittances at minimum cost. By our estimates, local remittance fees have dropped from about P200-500 per transaction to just fifty pesos…with the accommodation by BSP’s PhilPass.

FINANCIAL INCLUSION

In general, people have the notion  that the BSP deals only with banks and financial institutions. Actually, the BSP is also  developing a more inclusive financial system…. to facilitate improvements in the financial condition of our people down to the grassroots level. We believe it is part of our responsibility to bring the benefits of being part of the formal financial system to our people. It also makes for a more stable banking system.

These programs under our financial inclusion initiative include:

•    A nationwide economic and financial learning program. The objective is to inform, educate and empower our people with basic financial lessons. We believe that having good money habits is a basic skill everyone must have, like reading and writing.

•    We also have a continuing program to strengthen financial consumer protection…to ensure that banks protect and respect consumer rights.

•    We also continue to promote the development of the microfinance sector to help the entrepreneurial but marginalized sector gain access to collateral-free loans they can use for business.

Let me share some of the outcomes of the Bangko Sentral’s financial inclusion program.

First,  we are witnessing a positive change in the way our people save. Three years ago, only 2 out of 10 households had bank deposits. Based on our recent surveys, more households are setting aside funds for saving.  Our challenge is to raise this number further and to find ways to sustain the habit of saving across the country.

For microentrepreneurs, being part of the formal financial system means they gain access to bank loans with interest rates of about 30-35% a year. Now they can leave behind the so-called 5/6 loans that add up to about 1,000% in interest per year. In the process, millions of microentrepreneurs and their families have been lifted from poverty. They have also served as catalysts for development in their communities, generated jobs and have transformed to become net savers.

Our success in microfinance has attracted global attention. A global survey has ranked us first in terms of providing a regulatory environment conducive to the development of microfinance.  We have won this distinction for five years in a row.

Let me also add that BSP has been recognized in other areas.  Last year, the Asian Banker – a leading financial services consultancy –named the BSP the Best Macroeconomic Regulator in the Asia Pacific Region. This year, The Asian Banker awarded the BSP for Best Conduct of Business Regulator in Asia-Pacific… in recognition of our success in building confidence in financial services and markets. The BSP was also recognized by the Netherlands-based Child & Youth Finance International for having the best financial education program for children.

I can also say that we have matured in terms of our engagement in international affairs, where we contribute significant value and perspectives in global policy discussions. This is evident in our active participation…and leadership…in key committees and working groups involving other central banks and global organizations such as the Bank for International Settlements which is the bank of central banks, the Alliance for Financial Inclusion which counts policy makers and NGOs from around the world as members, and the Financial Stability Board Regional Consultative Group for Asia.

In addition, the Bangko Sentral provides technical assistance to other central banks wishing to leverage on our experience and expertise.

APPLYING THE LESSONS LEARNED

Ladies and gentlemen, all these did not happen overnight. These happened because we have learned our lessons well. We have a clear vision of what we want to achieve and how to get there.

In particular, we believe that responsible central banking could only come about if we have a workforce characterized by competence, professionalism, excellence and integrity. It requires modernizing the BSP and supporting it in forming sound policies— through robust organizational structures, and effective management methods. We are committed therefore to an institution that is strong in capacity building.

In this connection, training, education and continuous skills upgrading are a priority at the Bangko Sentral. In fact, we have what we call a BSP Institute that is responsible for meeting the training needs of our people.  We also encourage our staff to pursue graduate degrees, either on their own or under scholarship with the BSP in select local foreign universities.  In many cases, our scholars graduate with distinction or the top of their class. Today, the BSP has more than 1,750  masters degree holders.  This means that roughly one out of three of BSP employees holds a masters degree.

We also encourage and support BSP employees who pursue global certification. At last count, 220 BSPers had  global certifications, including chartered financial analysts, financial risk managers,  certified financial services auditors, certified information system auditors and certified internal auditors.

And early this year, we launched a Mentoring Program to provide a formal framework for our senior managers to share their expertise with our next generation of leaders. Senior executives of the BSP…including Members of the Monetary Board… have volunteered as mentors. I myself have six mentees from the officer corps.

Indeed, continuing training and education is the norm at the BSP. BSPers are always a work in progress. We believe that if we stop learning, we stagnate. We will be left behind in an interconnected world that is so dynamic, constantly shifting and continuously  evolving.

Another important initiative of the BSP for its employees…is the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and work-life balance. To us, this is the  best way to protect our  people –our most important resource. We have a weekly medical forum; our canteens offer healthy menu options; we have lactation rooms; and  our effective campaign to eradicate smoking resulted in back-to-back awards from the Department of Health.  We also have a modest rooftop gym for our employees, which I visit regularly.

WALKING THE TALK

Indeed, it is important that management is seen to walk their talk. There should be no dissonance in what we say…and in what we do. This holds true not only for choosing a healthy lifestyle but also in living out good governance principles at the workplace.

At the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, we have a mantra. It goes this way: “We do not just count the numbers, we make the numbers count. And so, in ordinary times, we build and reinforce; amid challenges, we are resilient, steadfast and decisive; in success, we celebrate and resolve to do even better.”

At the Bangko Sentral, we value patriotism, integrity, excellence, dynamism and solidarity.  These are the values that underpin our work ethic at the BSP.

We saw this in the way BSPers kept operations going…in the midst of armed conflict in Zamboanga, and the natural disasters in the cities of Tacloban, Cebu and Roxas.

In Zamboanga, our people had to dodge bullets to get to work and even while working inside the BSP branch.  Rebel forces captured one of our guards on his way to work. On the same day, he found a way to escape and immediately reported for work. He stayed on with the rest of the security team to secure the BSP branch until the conflict was resolved.

The same thing happened in Leyte. Our people stayed on at the BSP office for the duration of the typhoon. They know how important it is to ensure BSP’s continuous operation.  The availability of currency helped provide immediate relief to alleviate conditions in these areas.

And then we have excellent and courageous field bank examiners whose integrity could not be shaken even under threat of physical harm and legal challenge. I could go on, and on.

I simply want to say that like many public servants across government, BSPers serve our country and our people with integrity, dedication and passion.

Ladies and gentlemen, they make me proud to be a BSPer… to be in government. This is one of the answers I give whenever I am asked this recurring question: why am I a government employee?  I have even been teased quite a number of times that my annual salary does not even come close to the taxes paid by some bank presidents here. That is true; but this…is MY choice.
Here at the Ateneo, we are taught…and we learn…to serve with excellence, with integrity, and to become a man for others. This is as it should be. Always, there is room for everyone to help and serve others, whether they are in government or in the private sector. By helping each other, by being the best you can be in your respective careers, all of us here today can contribute to making life better for Filipinos. Together, we can do our share in programs that ensure long-term growth for our economy…growth that is balanced, sustainable and inclusive.

We can do this because we have learned from the past…and we have the momentum.

THE FUTURE

Moving forward, what does the future hold for us?

Well, our economy has been growing uninterruptedly for the past 61 quarters. And in the past few years, the Philippine economy has been enjoying a good convergence of higher economic growth, stable prices and a sounder fiscal position. This is likely to continue even as growth projections are being tempered on account of recent developments.

For sure, there will be speed bumps along the way. Nevertheless, our economy’s underpinnings are sturdier and broader to withstand adverse factors — domestic or global, economic or otherwise. In other words, the Philippine economy is in stronger form to sail even in turbulent weather.

The Philippine economic narrative therefore works in your favor as post-graduate students. In addition, the forthcoming integration of ASEAN economies…where 600 million people live…presents new opportunities. I know you will endeavor to make the most of these opportunities.

Dear graduates. I have been working for 41 years now, 40 of which I have spent with the central bank. If you don’t mind, I would like to offer you some advice.

First, make excellence the standard for everything that you do. As a wise man once said, we should autograph our work with quality…at all times…even if our name is not on it.

Second, integrity is a fixed element; it is always consistent; it is non-negotiable. My advice, never compromise your integrity. They say that the proof of a man’s integrity is if he would do the same things in the dark of night, as he would in the light of day. At the workplace, that means being diligent, honest, and aboveboard in all your dealings.

Third, to make sure that you are on the right path, consult your ultimate barometer: …  your conscience.  George Washington once advised:  “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”

Fourth, continue to seek to be educated, both within and away from the confines of the Ateneo.  Learning is never static; it is a dynamic process that occurs in a continuum. As Nelson Mandela said, education is most powerful weapon for change. Keep your mind fertile with ideas. Be open to rethink the old ways, the conventional ways, the comfortable ways.  This will help you in your future roles, whether in public service or in the private sector.

Finally, hold true to the Ignatian way of honest hard work for the greater glory of God. In this manner, your service—in whatever profession or career, no matter how humble or how high—will have a profound resonance in your life and the lives of others. Be a positive force multiplier for meaningful positive change to help unlock the potential for growth and leave a solid footprint for the next generations.

At this point, I wish to take this opportunity to thank once again, the Ateneo, its faculty and staff, and the members of the Society of Jesus for preparing me well for the life I live.  Combined with the way my parents brought me up with my 8 brothers and sisters, I was in good hands, both literally and figuratively.  I am also forever grateful that all the members of my family are steeped in the values of St. Ignatius – having studied here in Loyola – my wife, my son Patrick, and my two daughters Eula and Mia.  Maraming salamat sa inyo.

Again, I congratulate you our graduates, your families and the Ateneo community for the successful collaboration that has yielded this biggest batch ever under the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Thank you all for your attention.

“Ad majorem Dei gloriam.”

AGSB Inaugurates a new home for its Sta. Rosa Satellite Campus
by: April May A. Gentica
(L-R) Dr. Ely Aurellado, Dean Rudy Ang, Ponci Lumanglas and Errol Bitera.
(L-R) Dr. Ely Aurellado, Dean Rudy Ang, Ponci Lumanglas and Errol Bitera.

The Ateneo Graduate School of Business recently inaugurated a new site for its satellite campus in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, and celebrated this milestone with a ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony on Monday, September 15, 2014. The ribbon cutting ceremony, pictured above, was led by AGSB Dean Rudy Ang, together with Dr. Ely Aurellado, AGSB Finance Cluster head; Ponci Lumanglas, outgoing AGSB-Sta. Rosa Student Council President; and Errol Bitera, incoming AGSB-Sta. Rosa Student Council President. The blessing ceremony was officiated by Fr. Lito Mangulabnan, SJ, Chaplain of the Ateneo Professional Schools.

“The first time I visited our Sta. Rosa satellite campus, I was pleasantly surprised to find a vibrant AGSB community, passionate about learning and strongly committed to the Ateneo vision of service to others,” Dean Ang said in his opening remarks. The commitment and passion of the AGSB student and alumni community inspired him to make his own commitment to increase the school’s level of support to the Sta. Rosa satellite campus, also called AGSB-South, so that it can grow to even greater heights.

He also expressed his hope that in its beautiful new home, “AGSB Sta. Rosa will continue to be a center of excellence for management and leadership training for the business community in the South”, while at the same time becoming more deeply and fully a part of the larger Ateneo de Manila University family.

Dean Rudy Ang with the outgoing officers of the AGSB-Sta. Rosa Student Council, led by outgoing President, Ponci Lumanglas
Dean Rudy Ang with the outgoing officers of the AGSB-Sta. Rosa Student Council, led by outgoing President, Ponci Lumanglas

Dean Rudy Ang inducts the new officers of the AGSB-Sta. Rosa Student Council, led by incoming President Errol Bitera
Dean Rudy Ang inducts the new officers of the AGSB-Sta. Rosa Student Council, led by incoming President Errol Bitera

Other highlights of the event were the awarding of certificates of appreciation to the outgoing Student Council officers and the induction of this year’s new set of officers. The audience was also treated to an audio-visual presentation of recent SC projects and activities.

The ceremony was well attended by AGSB administrators and faculty as well as students and alumni of AGSB-Sta. Rosa. Among those present were Dr. Lydia King, Chair of the AGSB Information Technology Cluster, Doms Carandang, President of the AGSB Alumni Association, Midi Gentica, President of the AGSB Student Council, and AGSB-South faculty members Arturo Zamora, Manuel Tenmatay, Marcial Balgos, Jr.; and Danny Barrenechea.

AGSB has been offering the MBA Regis Program at its Sta. Rosa, Laguna satellite campus since October, 1998. This program was developed in partnership with another Jesuit institution, Regis University of Colorado, U.S.A., and draws on their highly successful experience at running modular adult-learning programs. The program is targeted at senior managers and entrepreneurs who are highly motivated, able to keep up with an accelerated learning pace, and committed to manage their own learning with minimum intervention.

For inquiries, please call Bigette at (02) 898-5007, or Richard at (049) 541-2987. You may also visit our AGSB Sta. Rosa satellite campus, at Unit 2LS-7, 2nd floor, Paseo 3A, Paseo de Sta. Rosa Commercial Complex, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Official GSB Facebook Page and Twitter Account

We are pleased to inform the community that the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business has open its official Facebook page and Twitter account which will be used primarily in disseminating information and other announcements by the GSB administration.

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Admission Requirements

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Filipino and Foreign Applicants   
Transfer Applicants
Cross-Enrolling Applicants
Non-degree and “Audit Only” Applicants


Admission Requirements for both Filipino and Foreign Applicants:

To qualify for an MBA Program, the applicant must have:

1. A bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized college or university.
For MBA in Health Program, a bachelor’s degree preferably in medical or allied fields.  Other fields may also be admitted  subject to the decision of the Program Director.
2. A general weighted average of 85%, B, 2.0, or its equivalent.
3. Meaningful employment or professional experience as follows:
For MBA Standard Program, at least two years after graduation.  Supervisory experience is an advantage.
For MBA Middle Managers Program and the Ateneo-Regis MBA Program, at least five years and supervisory/managerial experience is required.  Applicants without supervisory/managerial experience but have more than five years of significant work/professional experience may apply subject to the evaluation of the Admissions Committee.  Similarly, applicants with less than five years work experience but currently occupy a supervisory/managerial position may also apply subject to the same procedure.
For MBA in Health Program, at least five years in a middle/upper middle management position in the healthcare industry.
4. A satisfactory score in the AGSB Entrance Examination.
5. A fully accomplished Online Application Form.
6. Pass the interview as may be required by the Admissions Committee after the entrance examination.
For MBA in Health Program, an interview is required by the Program Director.

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Admission Requirements for Transfer Applicants

Students from other Universities, Schools, or Colleges may transfer and be admitted into the MBA program following the same admission standards and requirements as those with Filipino and foreign Applicants.  Transfer students may be given credit for courses already taken subject to the evaluation of the Dean.

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Admission Requirements for Cross-Enrolling Applicants

Students from other Universities, Schools, or Colleges may enroll for certain courses in AGSB. And due to the transitory nature of the study of specific courses, as mandated by the sending school, some requirements for admission are waived, except for the accomplishment of the Online Application Form and submission of Transcript of Record.  Additionally, the Applicant must also submit Course Descriptions from his/her current school, and Endorsement by their Dean.  Applications of cross-enrolling students are processed by the Office of the Registrar.

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Admission Requirements for Non-degree and “Audit Only” Applicants

Applications for non-degree and “audit only” courses are normally accepted subject to the following conditions:

1. If the Applicant in enrolling as a non-degree student but plans to pursue an MBA degree in the future, he/she must fulfill the standard admission requirements as those with Filipino and foreign Applicants.
2. If the Applicant desires “audit” status only for courses without any intention to pursue a degree in the future, he/she is exempted from the major requirements of the program. However, he/she must still accomplish the Online Application Form and submit an original Transcript of Records indicating graduation with at least a bachelor’s degree.
3. All students enrolled on non-degree or audit basis must still be bona fide college graduates.

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Documents to be submitted

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Filipino applicants
Foreign applicants


Documents to be submitted by Filipino applicants

  • Official Transcript of Records (OTR) of bachelor and/or post-graduate degrees.
  • Original Certificate of General Weighted Average (GWA), Quality Point Index (QPI), Grade Point Average (GPA) or its equivalent, if not reflected on the OTR.
  • Copy of Grading System or Grade Equivalence certified by the duly-authorized school/university official, if not incorporated on the OTR.  For an overview regarding Academic Grading in the Philippines, click here.
  • Recent passport sized color ID pictures – 2 pieces.
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate.  Bring the original NSO/PSA copy for verification.
  • Photocopy of Marriage Certificate.  Bring the original NSO/PSA copy for verification.
  • Photocopy of Passport, if one of the parents is not a Filipino.  Bring the original for verification.
  • Duly-accomplished Recommendation Forms from your current/previous employer and school/university.  Two recommendations must be submitted in a duly-sealed envelope.  To download the forms, click here.

*Note: To ensure that The Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) conducts fair and thorough evaluations of all its applicants to various degree programs, processing of applications will only commence once all valid documentary requirements are submitted to the Office of the Registrar. 

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Documents to be submitted by Foreign applicants

  • Authenticated copy of academic records (Transcript of Record) of bachelor and/or post graduate degrees, translated into English.
  • Original Certificate of General Weighted Average (GWA), Quality Point Index (QPI), Grade Point Average (GPA) or its equivalent, if not reflected on the Transcript of Record.
  • Copy of Grading System or Grade Equivalence certified by the duly-authorized school/university official, if not incorporated on the OTR.  For an overview regarding Academic Grading in the Philippines, click here.
  • Recent passport sized color ID pictures – 2 pieces.
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate.  Original document must be presented.
  • Photocopy of Marriage Certificate.  Original document must be presented.
  • Photocopy of Passport with visa stamp.  Original document must be presented.
  • Duly-accomplish Recommendation Forms from your current/previous employer and school/university.  Two recommendations must be submitted in a duly-sealed envelope.  To download the forms, click here.

*Note: To ensure that The Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) conducts fair and thorough evaluations of all its applicants to various degree programs, processing of applications will only commence once all valid documentary requirements are submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

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Application Procedure

1. Accomplish the Online Application Form.  Upon submission, take note of the Applicant Identification Number that will appear (e.g.,1-2013A12345).  This will serve as your Temporary ID Number for accessing your Online Account.
2. Personally submit complete and valid** requirements at the Office of the Registrar at least 3 weeks before the desired Schedule of Entrance Examination.  Submission through a representative is not allowed.

** Note: The Office of the Registrar will conduct an initial evaluation by reviewing your Online application and documents submitted. Evaluation cannot commence until all requirements have been complied with.  Thus, incomplete/invalid documents will not be accepted for processing as it will impede the entire evaluation process and will affect other applicants.

The schedule of application processing are as follows: Monday thru Friday from 12:00 PM to 6:30 PM and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

3. Pay the Application Fee when advised by the Office of the Registrar.
4. Get the Entrance Exam Permit by presenting the Official Receipt at the Office of the Registrar.
5. Take the Entrance Exam.

Note: For cancellation or re-scheduling, submit a formal request to the Office of the Registrar at least a week prior the exam schedule, stating your reason and attach supporting documents and your Exam Permit.  Your request will be subject to evaluation and approval by the Office of the Registrar.

6. Wait for the result of your application for admission 4-5 weeks from date of exam. It will be emailed to you by the Office of Registrar.

About the Program

A wholistic leadership and management development program targeted at early-career professionals who are ready to assume greater responsibilities and broader leadership roles

Technology has made the world a much smaller place, and the rate of change in the global economy is increasing at an exponential rate. Many business leaders and business organizations are quickly finding themselves left by the wayside because they have been unable to keep up with their competition.  How do we develop managers who can run their organizations in the face of a rapidly changing competitive environment?  How do we prepare leaders who can inspire others to work towards common goals?  How can we shape nation builders who will passionately work for inclusive and sustainable growth?

The manager-leader of tomorrow needs to be equipped not just with the right tools and techniques, but more especially the principles and values that can provide them with the moral compass to navigate what will often prove to be uncharted waters.  MBA students can’t just master the tools of today’s trade — they need to learn how to learn, so that they can keep up with the changes that are transforming the world, and continue learning long after they have completed their program of studies.

The AGSB’s Standard MBA program is a wholistic leadership and management development program offered on a part-time basis, targeted at early-career professionals who do not want to put their careers on hold, and would like to prepare themselves to take on greater responsibilities and to assume broader leadership roles.   Our students’ MBA experience is a journey of self-awareness that will help them to clarify their personal value frameworks while acquiring not just the skills that will help them to address today’s management issues, but the mindsets that will enable them to become lifelong learners.

Students enrolled in this program come from a broad range of industries and educational backgrounds, covering such diverse fields as marketing, finance, accounting, information technology, engineering, advertising, and even nursing.   The interactive and student-centered program design enables students to learn from each other, drawing from the diversity of experiences represented in the classroom to create a richer and fuller learning environment for all.

Our faculty lineup is made up of industry practitioners who hold senior leadership positions in their organizations, and bring a rich and diverse experience set into the classroom. Their most important role, however, is not as repository of knowledge, but as facilitator of learning, orchestrating the class discussion so that students can take greater responsibility for their own learning, and thereby arrive at deeper insights.

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About the Program

Designed for leaders of health service organizations who would like to explore new paradigms for taking on the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly transforming public and private health sector

The increasing demands of our rapidly expanding population, the growing complexities of health care services, and the challenges of globalization have made it even more critical for us to develop a new brand of leadership for health care institutions, both public and private.

This new leader/manager should be equipped with the appropriate managerial skills and attitudes to efficiently and effectively direct scarce resources to help build a health care delivery system that is responsive to the needs of our people in terms of availability, accessibility, and affordability.

The MBA in Health program is designed for leaders of health service organizations who find themselves managing their organizations without having had the benefit of previous formal management training.   This degree program offers a new model for training leaders for the health care industry by providing them not just with the necessary business frameworks and tools, but also a broad understanding of the challenges and opportunities posed by this rapidly transforming sector.

Students enrolled in the program cover a broad spectrum of professional and educational backgrounds, including physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, as well as accountants and engineers.   Its interactive and student-centered program design enables students to learn from each other as well as from a faculty lineup that includes many distinguished medical and business practitioners as well as senior academics.

 

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Distinctive Features

Curriculum

  • Modular approach, with specified daily learning outcomes, activities and assignments
  • Focused not just on theories and techniques but also on values and personal transformation
  • Made up of a total of 19 courses (52 units in total): 5 pre-MBA courses, 11 core courses, 2 electives, and a final, integrating course
  • Non-thesis program, with an integrating Strategic Management paper as the terminal requirement

Program Delivery

  • The program is offered on a part-time basis. All classes are offered either on week nights, or on Saturday. The program follows a
  • The program follows a trimestral schedule; the entire program can be completed in seven trimesters of 15 weeks each, or a total of two years and four months. Students who pass validating examinations before the start of the trimester may be exempted from the pre-MBA courses. Student-centered focus requires students to take greater responsibility for their own learning.
  • Students who pass validating examinations before the start of the trimester may be exempted from the pre-MBA courses. Student-centered focus requires students to take greater responsibility for their own learning. Workplace-based approach will require students to draw on their personal and professional experiences, and apply their learnings to their work even as they undergo the program. Their workplace is the best laboratory for learning.
  • Workplace-based approach will require students to draw on their personal and professional experiences, and apply their learnings to their work even as they undergo the program. Their workplace is the best laboratory for learning.
  • Faculty are facilitators of learning rather than lecturers.
  • No more than 35 students are allowed in every class.
  • The Standard MBA Program is offered at our main campus in Rockwell Center, Makati City, and our satellite campus in Cebu Business Park, Cebu City.
About the Program

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An accelerated executive program that uses a facilitated learning mode to prepare workplace-based, experience-driven professionals to take on the challenges of today’s rapidly changing competitive environment

The Ateneo de Manila University (est. 1859) and Regis University of Denver, Colorado (est. 1877), share a long and storied Jesuit tradition of excellence and service. It is therefore unsurprising that these two institutions, with so much in common, should come together and draw on their areas of relative expertise to come up with a collaborative program, the Ateneo-Regis MBA.

Ateneo’s Graduate School of Business has long utilized a facilitated learning approach to workplace-based education, while Regis University has over time mastered the use of an accelerated mode of adult learning. Under a Program Development and License Agreement signed between the two institutions in 1997, a groundbreaking Ateneo-Regis MBA program was developed that used an accelerated facilitated learning mode to deliver a high-quality, high-impact executive MBA to workplace-based, experience-driven professionals who are prepared to take greater responsibility for their own learning and are ready and able to use their workplaces as their learning laboratory.

The Ateneo – Regis MBA Program will arm executives and business leaders of today with the theories, skills, value frameworks, and adaptive learning outlook that they will need in order to keep up with tomorrow’s dynamic and rapidly changing competitive environment.

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The MBA Standard Program Curriculum

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  1. The MBA Standard Program is offered on a trimestral basis and the courses that are offered follow a logical sequence. Any change needs the approval of the cluster chair and the Dean.
  2. The MBA Standard Program consists of the following courses:
    Pre-MBA Courses 10 units
    Foundational Courses 9 units
    Functional Courses 24 units
    Elective Courses 6 units
    Integrating Course 3 unitsTotal 52 units
  3. The regular load per trimester is three (3) subjects. A student may be allowed to take up to a maximum of five (5) subjects per trimester, subject to the approval of the Registrar.
  4. The program allows exemption in the Pre-MBA Courses (with the exception of Methods of Research) by passing the validating examinations before the start of the trimester. Validating examinations are administered by the Office of the Registrar.

 

COURSE CODE UNITS

COURSE CODE UNITS
1. Pre-MBA Courses
Business Communication SPBUSCOM 2
Applied Mathematics SPAPMATH 2
Financial Accounting SPFINACC 2
Managerial Statistics SPMASTAT 2
Methods of Research SPMETRES 2

2. Foundational Courses
Leadership Effectiveness SPLEADER 3
Business Ethics SPETHICS 3
Principles & Dynamics of Management SPPRIMAN 3

3. Functional Courses
Marketing Management SPMARKMA 3
Human Resource Management SPHUMRES 3
Managing Concepts for Information Technology SPINFOTE 3
Applied Management Science SPMANSCI 3
Managerial Accounting SPMANACC 3
Financial Management SPFINMAN 3
Operations Management SPOPEMAN 3
Economics for Managers SPECOMAN 3

4. Elective Courses
Partial List of Elective Courses (take any two)
Brand Management SPBRANMA 3
Business Intelligence SPBINTEL 3
Business and Professional Discourse SPBPDISC 3
Controllership SPCONTRO 3
Economic Development SPECODEV 3
Electronic Commerce SPE-COMME 3
E-Marketing SPE-MARK 3
Entrepreneurship SPENTREP 3
Financial Analysis for Decision-Making SPFINDEM 3
Financial Engineering SPFINENG 3
Global Marketing SPGLOBMA 3
Information Security Management SPINFOSEC 3
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management SPINVEMA 3
Leading Organization Change SPLEADOC 3
Lean Six Sigma SP6SIGMA 3
Management of Financial Institutions SPMAFINS 3
Marketing Communication SPMARCOM 3
Personal Finance SPPERFIN 3
Project Management SPPROJMA 3
Supply Chain Management SPSUPMAN 3

5. Integrating Course
Strategic Management SPSTRAMA 3

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MBA Standard Program Course Sequence

 

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Course Descriptions
  • Pre-MBA Courses
    • Business Communication (SPBUSCOM)
      The course studies the concepts, principles, strategies, and procedures for expressing ideas, positions, and values cogently and convincingly through forms of oral, written, and electronic means of communication. It deals with the application of principles and the use of strategies in listening, reading, speaking, and writing underlined with critical thinking in the processes involved in corporate life, operations, and management. It situates business communication in a global context and underscores advancement in technology.
    • Applied Mathematics (SPAPMATH)
      The course is designed for the students and business practitioner who needs to learn about the possible uses of modern mathematics to understand recent developments in several fields of business. It will prepare students for courses in production, statistics, managerial economics, management accounting, and management science. The course has value in and of itself for the student who aspires for a managerial career in a world where science, technology and formal decision-making techniques are important.
    • Managerial Statistics (SPMASTAT)
      The course is designed for students who have little or no background in statistics. Its purpose is to make students competent in the use of tools and techniques in decision-making under uncertainty, as well as in conducting research studies, which includes concepts of probabilities, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics. The approach is conceptual and problem-oriented using Excel to perform statistical computations.
    • Financial Accounting (SPFINACC)
      The course is a prerequisite subject that introduces the learner to accounting as both the “language of business” and the tool for making effective the finance function. It focuses on the fundamental financial reports, and the principles, concepts, and conventions underlying the preparation of such reports, specifically those related to the Philippine Accounting Standards and the International Accounting Standards. Emphasis is given on understanding the implications of the financial statements and the line items presented in each statement, and how they relate to the decision-making processes of users. The construction and presentation of relevant and reliable accounting data are considered necessary in securing good decisions that will benefit firms and the nation in terms of proper allocation of economic resources. In venturing through this course, attention will be given to both the processes of providing accounting information, the decisions derived from using the said information, and the ethical/social implications arising from such decisions, specially the impact of quality information to the firm and to the economy as a whole.
    • Methods of Research (SPMETRES)
      The course offers students basic knowledge and skills to undertake, present, and evaluate research concerning management problems of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. The course is designed to enable students to apply what they learn about business research in their other MBA courses and in their own workplace.A general framework of research integrates Lonergan’s basic principles of the dynamic structure of human knowing with business research process, functions of theory in research, and ethics in business research. This general framework creates a learning environment that promotes critical thinking and analytical skills of students studying business research. The course gives students opportunities to learn and apply different types of research designs used in business research. The course guides the students on how to select and use the appropriate methods of collecting and analyzing data and information to meet research objectives. Research topics include customers, suppliers, employees, operations, financial issues, and other management problems of business units or organizations.

2. Foundational Courses

  • Leadership Effectiveness (SPLEADER)
    The course introduces the students to a depth of thinking about individuals and collective patterns of leadership practices. The course will guide students to reflectively process or understand leadership patterns and dynamics as applied in their personal and professional lives. Critical thinking and ethics-based reasoning and decision-making are emphasized.
  • Business Ethics (SPETHICS)
    Many business schools in the world today require Business Ethics courses in order to develop business students’ sense of moral and social responsibilities. There is a growing recognition that managers have a tremendous power to shape not only business organizations but the surrounding community as well. Recognizing this, the public is increasingly demanding that managers use this power responsibly and that business be accountable not only to its stockholders and internal stakeholders but to society at large.It has been said that business is good for society since it creates wealth, products and services benefiting human beings. But white-collar crimes, wrongdoings and excesses committed by both individuals and business organizations, often overshadow these goals.The course will discuss the foundation of ethics in general and of business ethics in particular. It will attempt to help students critically examine moral values and principles.The course will help students understand how moral character is developed. It aims to improve their ethical decision-making by presenting a model for ethical reasoning to analyze dilemmas involving employee relations, employee-organization relations, and corporate-employee, corporation-community relations.Through this course, students will be taught that business should not be purely driven by profit, but that it should contribute to the well-being of employees and the community in which it operates.
  • Principles & Dynamics of Management (SPPRIMAN)
    The course provides an introduction to management and the knowledge and skills to competently cope with the challenges facing today’s management. Business enterprises and nonprofit organizations operate within a complex and rapidly changing global environment. The field of management is undergoing a revolution. Globalization, economic deregulation, trade liberalization, technological advancement, and the widening growth of the urban poor have created new opportunities and threats confronting managers. The course is designed to familiarize learners with the accepted management standards, procedures and techniques employed by corporate, business, and functional level managers.

3. Functional Courses

  • Marketing Management (SPMARKMA)
    The course is designed to provide learners with knowledge on the fundamental concepts and practices of Marketing in the context of the new economy. It will focus on the formulation and implementation of marketing strategies in the areas of brand equity, products and services, pricing, distribution, advertising and promotion, and competition. These strategies will be discussed considering the current business environment including realities such as hyper competition, digitalized technologies, and the empowered consumer. The course will also help learners gain a good understanding of administrative processes where marketing plays a central role in the game of demand creation, customer satisfaction, and customer relation management. Furthermore, it will also show how ethical and socially responsible marketing practices can help in nation building.
  • Human Resource Management (SPHUMRES)
    The course emphasizes the alignment of Human Resource Management practices and programs with the goals, strategies, and values of the organization. This course presents powerful tools for analyzing strategic alignment that will enable the learner to understand the most vital resource of the organization – its human resource.It provides a fresh perspective on the role of HR and its function as change agent in partnership with top management and how together, they can build one of the most critical sources of sustainable competitive advantage – an organization whose design, culture, and people are aligned with strategy and values.
  • Management Concepts for Information Technology (SPINFOTE)
    Information systems and technologies are vital components of successful businesses and organizations. They constitute an essential field of study in business administration and management. The course presents management concepts that lead to an understanding of information technology and its role within the enterprise. It includes enhancing awareness of the digital and economic divide within a nation and how a business performs its economic activities while at the same time investing in marginalized sectors and communities. Building consensus among business and technology professionals using modern approaches to strategic planning, business process re-engineering and systems development are discussed highlighting the ethical and legal principles that impact this environment.The goal is to help students learn how to use and manage information technologies to revitalize business processes, improve decision-making and gain competitive advantage. Major emphasis is placed on up-to-date coverage of the essential role of the IT in providing a platform for business, commerce and collaboration processes among all business stakeholders in today’s networked enterprises and global markets.
  • Applied Management Science (SPMANSCI)
    This course is designed for graduate students that provide formal training on the use of quantitative tools or techniques in analyzing and/or solving management problems encountered in finance, marketing, production/operations, human resources, and other functional areas. The approach is conceptual and problem-oriented using EXCEL to derive solutions to mathematical models. The students are expected to formulate decision problems mathematically, derive computer solutions, interpret solutions/results, perform sensitivity analysis (analyze impact of various “what if” scenarios on model solutions) and most importantly, be able to draw managerial insights from quantitative solutions.
  • Managerial Accounting (SPMANACC)
    Managers need information in their planning and control functions. Financial information is provided not only to report the firm’s financial position and operating results, but to guide managers in optimizing the resources entrusted to the firm by its many stakeholders. The course introduces a business-management approach to the development and use of accounting information particularly for internal reporting and decision-making. Topics include the analysis of financial reports, cost concepts and cost accumulation methods, CVP analysis, standard costing, operational and capital budgeting, segment reporting, relevant costing, and cost management and pricing strategies. In discussing the various topics, emphasis will be given on how cost and profit information can guide managers in making operational and strategic decisions. Ethics, corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and corporate social responsibility will also be discussed in relation to accounting practices by firms.
  • Financial Management (SPFINMAN)
    The course deals with the application of contemporary finance theory to the solution of management problems. The focus is on policy formulation and decision-making under uncertainty. Critical evaluation of concepts is emphasized to assess their usefulness in practical business situations. Problem-solving methodology is used to illustrate the theories and tools in financial decision-making.The course likewise tackles the ethical issues and dilemmas faced by the finance manager in his day-to-day work and how these are solved. The learners will be taught how to resolve these issues using an ethical decision analysis framework. The course also discusses the implications of financial management decisions in the life of the enterprise and how such impacts the national economy as a whole.
  • Operations Management (SPOPEMAN)
    The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, techniques, and applications of contemporary production and operations management (OM). It is a practical course that covers strategic, tactical, and operational issues involved in both manufacturing and service operations. In addition to traditional OM topics, the course also includes quality management, supply chain management, and e-Commerce. While providing students with technical and quantitative tools, it will focus more on the managerial aspect of operations, as well as on the ethical and social implications of OM decisions.
  • Economics for Managers (SPECOMAN)
    The course focuses on the basic economic concepts and principles as applied to business situations. Microeconomic concepts such as scarcity, opportunity costs, marginalism, and efficiency will never lose their central role in economics as long as scarcity itself exists. Macroeconomic concepts like GDP and GNP, employment and unemployment, inflation and deflation, balance of payments and foreign exchange rates will remain to be the primary concerns of all economies. These micro and macro concepts are integrated into a framework that will assist business leaders and managers in coping with the challenges arising from changes in a competitive business environment. The course will provide students with a working knowledge and skills of how consumers, firms and industries behave in a complex macroeconomic environment, thus helping them arrive at rational, optimal, and efficient choices. These informed choices when added up to the choices that other people make, translate into better societal choices.

4. Elective Courses

  • Brand Management (SPBRANMA)
    The course will enable students to analyze and evaluate brands and identify strategies to manage them effectively. It will present principles of branding and brand management that will be useful in appraising the range of theories and frameworks that help create a strong, differentiated brand. It will equip students with skills that will make them leverage branding to sustain competitive advantage, increase customer loyalty, and increase profitability.
  • Business Intelligence (SPBUSINTEL)
    As companies migrate toward responsive e-business models, they are investing in new data-driven decision support application frameworks that help them respond rapidly to changing market conditions and customer needs.To succeed in business today, companies need information systems that can support the diverse information and decision-making needs of their managers and business professionals. This course explores in detail how this is accomplished by several types of management information, decision support, and other information systems. Attention is given to how the internet, intranets, and other Web-enabled information technology have significantly strengthened the role that information systems play in supporting the decision-making activities of every manager and knowledge worker in business. The course begins with the foundation concepts of business intelligence and then delves into data mining – applying quantitative analysis to large-scale data made available through recently developed information technology. This serves to expand the student’s knowledge on the latest and emerging quantitative analysis in business as a means to knowledge discovery. This knowledge discovery in turn results in aiding the business manager in making optimized decisions that translate into greater productivity, savings, profitability, and ultimately nation-building.
  • Business and Professional Discourse (SPBPDISC)
    The course equips students with effective listening and oral communication skills in English to enable them to intelligently carry on a discourse with clarity and confidence with one, two, small or large groups, in a formal and in an informal context. Through the understanding of concepts, principles, and implementation of guidelines, as well as various exercises and activities, the participants will learn to interact, choose appropriate oral communication strategies, and carry on discourse on various topics in different situations. The focus will be on further development and mastery of discourse and communication styles within the context of various business encounters. The course deals with the understanding of concepts and principles to efficiently and effectively apply them with the use of appropriate strategies in listening and speaking underlined with broadening of vocabulary and use of critical thinking in oral transactions, interactions and presentation of points/papers/positions. It situates oral business discourse in the global culturally diverse context of work.
  • Controllership (SPCONTRO)
    The course is an elective course for those who wish to deepen and widen their knowledge, understanding, application, and analysis of the role of controllership in organizations. It integrates the concepts, principles and tools of controls gained by the student from the foundation and core courses involving planning, controlling and providing reliable information for corporate decision-making. As this is an elective course that utilizes knowledge and understanding gained from previous courses, the student is brought to the level of integration and synthesis by performing an actual management control analysis paper of a chosen company and submitting this paper as a major requirement of the course. The course largely makes use of the dynamics of management control to achieve corporate objectives.The student should have already taken up Accounting and Finance courses and the other core functional disciplines to be able to understand and integrate the role of controllership in the organization.
  • Economic Development (SPECODEV)
    The course deals with the economics of long-term growth and development. It focuses on areas and issues of policy-making that are likely to remain of primary concern in the efforts of underdeveloped and developing countries to achieve economic growth and development.
  • Electronic Commerce (SPE-COMME)
    The course is designed to guide managers through the process of overcoming the fear of change and embracing the benefits of e-commerce for customers, employees, and shareholders. The economic evidence of the growth of e-commerce and its benefits for streamlining the business relationships between a company and its customers, suppliers, and employees are examined. The highest pay-off e-commerce applications and principles of using e-commerce to create competitive advantage are identified. How companies are getting CEOs on board, how they are managing their change process to create effective e-commerce strategies, and how they create cultures that can sustain the benefits of change in the future are discussed. The role of senior management in translating the vision of e-strategy into a concrete reality is explored. This course also discusses how managers should participate in the design of e-commerce architectures; handle the most effective techniques for evaluating e-commerce suppliers and negotiating contracts; and manage e-commerce projects to enjoy the benefits of e-commerce.
  • E-Marketing (SPE-MARK)
    The course will introduce students to marketing applications of electronic information technology and communication technologies and to the impact of these technologies in the marketplace. Students will examine how these technologies offer opportunities for changing many aspects of the marketing function: people, product, price, place, and promotion. At the same time, the course will examine forces that are countering the E-marketing revolution. Developments in electronic information and communication technology promise not only to open new opportunities for marketers to create value but also to change the way marketing are traditionally done. This course allows students to explore these new opportunities and to think about the marketing functions in light of these developments. The specialized nature of these technologies and the rapid pace of change both work to keep the study of these issues at the margins of existing marketing courses. Yet, the marketing impact of these changes will increase over time.The course also includes introductory exercises on Internet-based applications to achieve initial hands-on experience in the emerging field of E-commerce. The focus of the course is not on mastering the technologies themselves, rather, the emphasis is on understanding the application of these tools to marketing problems.
  • Entrepreneurship (SPENTREP)
    Entrepreneurship is the ability to see opportunities where others see only problems, to turn those opportunities into an actual business venture, and to manage that venture into growing, viable enterprise. Entrepreneurship is for those who see an alternative to employment and are not daunted by the challenges of setting up their own business. This course will strive primarily to inspire and to encourage entrepreneurship, through the examination, discussion, and analysis of contemporary entrepreneurs. Furthermore, to ensure the viability of any entrepreneurial venture, this course will provide a framework of evaluation techniques to apply and pertinent issues to consider when investigating business opportunities.The focus of this course is on relatively small businesses, from inception to start-up to early establishment.
  • Financial Analysis for Decision-making (SPFINDEM)
    The course deals with the understanding and analysis of financial information for decision-making. The importance of financial information has never been emphasized until the issues of transparency, good corporate governance, and investor relations cropped up as corporate scandals. Because of the uncertainty brought about by the chaotic environment, there is need for more accurate financial information on a timely basis so that corporate financial management decisions and investor decisions will be guided. Critical analysis, diagnosis, and evaluation of financial information are emphasized in this course as applied in practical business situations. Problem-solving methodology is used to illustrate the theories and tools in financial decision-making including the use of technologies to help with the analysis. Because of the impact of transparency in corporate and investor relations, this course will tackle the ethical issues and dilemmas involving financial information and reporting.
  • Financial Engineering (SPFINENG)
    Financial Engineering is a course on the basic concepts and the application of the principles of financial innovation – the process that seeks to adapt existing financial instruments and processes and to develop new ones so as to enable financial market participants to cope more effectively with the changing world.
  • Global Marketing (SPGLOBMA)
    The course presents the challenges of marketing goods and services in foreign markets. The cultural, political, geographic, technological, and economic influences on international marketing will be discussed. This course also covers international market research and the application of the four P’s in an international setting. Students are expected to use this knowledge in analyzing international marketing management problems, using techniques and strategies necessary to incorporate and apply the “market concept” into the framework of the global marketplace.
  • Information Security Management (SPINFOSEC)
    As global networks expand through interconnection of the world’s information systems, the smooth operation of communication and computing solutions becomes vital. However, recurring events such as virus and worm attacks and the success of criminal attackers illustrate the weaknesses in current information technologies and the need to provide heightened security for these systems. The course is designed to provide managers with a broad view of the entire field of information security, the background of many related elements, and enough detail to facilitate the understanding of the topic as a whole. The terminology of the field, the history of the discipline and an overview of how to manage an information security program are discussed. Case studies and business examples complement conceptual coverage to provide a real-world context.
  • Investment Management (SPINVEMA)
    The course deals with the application of the principles of investment analysis and portfolio management to corporate and personal finances. The steps and procedures involved in the investment process are discussed and simulated by the students to provide them with skills at creating their own corporate or personal investment portfolios in the future. Risk and return management strategies are discussed and analyzed as they apply not only to the global investment setting but also to the specific investment situations in the Philippine market. The ethical dimensions of investment decisions will also be tackled as part of this course.
  • Leading Organization Change (SPLEADOC)
    The course will provide students with competence on how to lead change. The course will explore the dynamics of organizational change as well as models of leading organizational change in business and management. Various concepts will be learned including the forces and the conditions behind organizational change, the types and levels of change, the resistance to change and the constructive strategies necessary to manage the uncertainties of change in organizations.
  • Lean Six Sigma (SP6SIGMA)
    The course covers the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma for both manufacturing and service businesses. Lean Six Sigma is a business and data-driven, process-oriented, benefit-driven, disciplined-based approach to reducing waste and minimizing defects in any type of process. Lean Six Sigma focuses on the reduction of waste, on increasing profitability, breakthrough improvement, and customer satisfaction. Students are provided an overview of Lean, Six Sigma and the DMAIC problem-solving methodologies. Included are both statistical and non-statistical techniques used for continuous process improvement such as process definition, SIPOC, process flow diagrams, data collection techniques, measurement techniques, causes of process variation, pareto diagrams, histograms, cause and effect diagrams, DOE (Design Of Experiments), ANOVA Gage R&R, FMEA control charts, and process capability analysis, collectively called QC Tools.
  • Management of Financial Institutions (SPMAFINS)
    The course provides an analytical study of how financial institutions are managed from the perspective of the Chief Executive Officer. The approach is financial statement-based where the funds sourcing and utilization functions are clearly delineated, although the use of off-balance sheet intermediation tools to hedge risks is also emphasized. The focus of the course is “universal banking.”The course will also tackle the ethical dimension of pitting a financial institution’s fiduciary and moral responsibilities to the depositors as an institution of trust, as well as its social and civic responsibilities to the government and the public at large, against its profit objective and the achievement of the basic financial management tenet of “shareholder wealth maximization.”
  • Marketing Communication (SPMARCOM)
    The course will introduce students to the concept of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) which is the approach that more and more marketing and communications professionals are using to face the rapid growth of internet, the biggest challenges in the contemporary market place. An increased rate of advertising clutter in most traditional media, a more product knowledgeable and demanding consumer, higher pressures from manufacturers to retail chains and a global economy are only a few characteristics of today’s ever-evolving business environment. The course will provide a review of the basic concepts of marketing, communications, segment marketing, positioning, and target market or to apply the most common consumer behavior techniques. It will also provide an opportunity for students to understand the target market(s) and, design an IMC campaign.
  • Personal Finance (SPPERFIN)
    The course will provide students with skills to make sound financial decisions. Personal financial planning will be discussed including the process of defining realistic goals, implementing financial activities toward the achievement of the goals, setting up of reasonable controls on financial decisions. Various topics will be discussed including sources of personal income, saving and consumer spending patterns, techniques for planning and budgeting consumption expenditures and savings. Special emphasis will also be given on the use of saving allocations to achieve personal goals; real property, insurance, financial investment, retirement, estate and tax planning. Likewise, ethical issues and dilemmas faced by a financial planner in his strategic and operational work will be tackled.
  • Project Management (SPPROJMA)
    The course takes the view of the project manager as a leader who manages projects effectively using appropriate tools and concepts in project management. It provides a framework for managerial and leadership effectiveness leading to the acquisition of professional skills to handle complex problems frequently encountered in project management. It involves the study and understanding of the core processes for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects under various circumstances. The course also includes the human side of project leadership and its strategic perspectives as applied in various types of organizations. The conceptual framework, the methodologies and the issues that will be highlighted in this course can be applied to a number of business decisions and change management situations. Both the theoretical and practical aspects of such applications will be covered.The project environment is a team environment and a significant component of this course is team-based. With the guided learning offered in this course, the students are expected to be able to tackle projects in a controlled and coordinated manner and be aware of how to align their projects to achieve maximum benefits during execution.
  • Supply Chain Management (SPSUPMAN)
    The course covers concepts, trends, processes and techniques involved in the management of activities from the procurement of materials and services, to their transformation into intermediate goods or final products, and ultimately to their distribution and delivery to customers. The course will discuss procurement, inbound logistics, supply chain strategies, electronic procurement and warehousing and distribution. It will deal with managerial processes that span across functional areas within individual firms and links suppliers, trading partners, distributors, and customers across organizational boundaries. The course will also consider logistics, technology, network design, and administration of supply chains from the standpoint of business strategy and global competition.

5. Integrating Course

  • Strategic Management (SPSTRAMA)
    The course serves as the capstone course for the MBA program. It aims to enable the learners develop and implement strategic cross-functional decisions towards the attainment of their organizations’ vision, mission and objectives using strategic management principles and integrating knowledge and skills acquired by the learners from the other MBA courses.The learners will apply the strategic management process consisting of strategy formulation, strategy implementation and strategy evaluation, as well as the various analytical frameworks and strategy formulation tools that can aid them in strategic decision making. Through this course, the learners’ strategic thinking capability is expected to be strengthened as they are made to critically analyze and integrate information about their companies’ external and internal environment in the local and global context, and to use this in formulating and implementing innovative strategies that can help their companies build a sustainable competitive advantage. The learners will likewise be made to understand the different strategy choices and to evaluate strategic management issues and concepts that are important to managing in today’s global environment. This course also aims to promote among its learners ethical business decisions, the practice of corporate social responsibility and making a contribution towards nation building. APPLY NOW
Contact Details

Registrar: Rey R. Reyes, MBA

 

Contact Persons:

  • Redson Solicar (88997691 loc. 2214)
  • Danny Cruz (88997691 loc. 2215)
  • Patrick Ignacio (88997691 loc. 2233)
  • Ral Lacsamana (88997691 loc. 2234)

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Distinctive Features

Curriculum

  • Developed by two distinguished Jesuit higher-education institutions: the Ateneo de Manila University, and Regis University (Denver, Colorado)
  • Modular in its approach, with specified daily learning outcomes, activities and assignments
  • Focused not just on theories and techniques, but also on values and personal transformation
  • Requires a total of 14 courses (42 units in total), made up of 12 core courses and 2 electives
  • Non-thesis program, with an integrating Strategic Management paper as the terminal requirement

Methodology

  • Student-centered focus that requires students to take greater responsibility for their own learning
  • Workplace-based approach will require students to draw on their personal and professional experiences, and apply their learnings to their work even as they undergo the program
  • Professors are facilitators of learning rather than lecturers
  • Accelerated program requiring only 8 sessions of 4 hours each, for a total of 32 contact hours per course
  • Maximum of 25 students per class

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The Ateneo-Regis MBA Program Curriculum

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  1. The Ateneo-Regis MBA Program is a non-thesis program designed for senior managers and executives whose corporate responsibilities limit their time for pursuing graduate degrees and are thus compelled to complete the program as quickly as possible through accelerated methods. The program is also designed for senior practitioners whose learning styles and outcomes are achieved through their own direct participation in learning activities without too much classroom interface.
  2. Each term of the Ateneo-Regis MBA Program lasts for eight (8) weeks. Each course meets once a week for four (4) hours from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The maximum number of students per class is twenty-five (25) except for Strategic Management and Quantitative Methods in Management where the maximum number of students per class is twenty (20).
  3. The regular load is one (1) subject per term, but a maximum of two (2) courses is allowed.
  4. The program can be completed in two (2) years and two (2) terms if one (1) course is taken per term. If two (2) courses are taken per term, the program can be completed in fourteen (14) months, or one (1) year and one (1) term.
  5. The Ateneo-Regis MBA Program consists of the following courses:
    Core Courses 33 units
    Electives 6 units
    Integrating Course 3 units
    Total 42 units
  6. Each course has a detailed learning guide (module) for the entire course. The module serves as the road map for both the students and their professors. Each meeting haswell-defined goals and objectives. The reading materials and cases for each session are provided prior to the start of each class session.

PROGRAM DELIVERY: FACILITATION AND STUDENT PARTICIPATION

The curriculum for the Ateneo-Regis MBA Program includes analytical learning through time intensive courses designed specifically for working adults. The design of the courses recognizes that adults learn most effectively and most rapidly through a process of self-learning, bringing both life and work experiences that can be a learning resources for the other students in the class.

Self-learning occurs before class so that each participant can contribute in a meaningful way to group discussions and be an effective resource in shared-learning. Shared-learning occurs in the classroom, where each participant learns from the life and professional experiences of others.

Each adult learner must be an active participant in the learning process. The principal responsibility of the facilitator is to assist in this process, not to teach the technical content of the course. The facilitator is a technical expert in the field and will answer questions beyond the competence of the participants, but the primary responsibility for learning belongs to the student. Ordinarily, the facilitator will not lecture for an extended period of time.

COURSES CODE UNITS
1. Core Courses
Business Ethics TSETHICS 3
Leadership Effectiveness TSLEADER 3
Quantitative Methods for Managers TSQUANTI 3
Operations Management TSOPEMAN 3
Managerial Accounting TSMANACC 3
Financial Management TSFINMAN 3
Management Dynamics TSMANDYN 3
Human Resource Management TSHUMRES 3
Management Concepts for Information Technology TSINFOTE 3
Marketing Management TSMARKMA 3
Economics for Managers TSECOMAN 3

2. Electives
Demand Management TSDEMMAN 3
Economic Development TSECODEV 3
Electronic Commerce TSE-COMME 3
Entrepreneurship TSSENTREP 3
Family Business Management TSFAMBUS 3
Financial Analysis for Decision-Making TSFINDEM 3
Financial Engineering TSFINENG 3
Global Market Analysis and International Trade TSGLOBMA 3
Marketing Communications TSMARCOM 3
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management TSINVEMA 3
Law in the Business Environment TSLAWBUS 3
Leading Organizational Change TSLEADOC 3
Project Management TSPROJMA 3
Lean Six Sigma TS6SIGMA 3
Supply Chain Management TSSUPMAN 3

3. Integrating Course
Strategic Management TSSTRAMA 3

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The Ateneo-Regis MBA Program Course Sequence

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Course Descriptions
  1. Core Courses
    • Business Ethics (TSETHICS)
      Many business schools in the world today require Business Ethics courses in order to develop the students’ sense of moral and social responsibility. There is a growing recognition that managers have a tremendous power to shape not only business organizations, but the community as well. Recognizing this, the public is increasingly demanding that managers use this power responsibly and that business be accountable not only to its stockholders and internal stakeholders, but to society at large.It is said that business is good for society since it creates wealth, products, and services benefiting human beings. But white-collar crimes, wrongdoing, and excesses committed by both individuals and business organizations often overshadow these goals.

      The course will discuss the foundations of ethics in general and of business ethics in particular to critically examine moral values and principles. The course will help students understand how moral character is developed and to improve their ethical decision-making by presenting a model for ethical reasoning to analyze dilemmas involving employee relations, employee-organization relations, and corporation-employee, and corporation-community relations.

      Through this course, students will learn that business should not be purely driven by profit but that it should contribute to the well-being of employees and the community in which it operates.

    • Leadership Effectiveness (TSLEADER)
      The course introduces the students to a depth of thinking about individuals and collective patterns of leadership practices. The course will guide students to reflectively process or understand leadership patterns and dynamics as applied in their personal and professional lives. Critical thinking and ethics-based reasoning and decision making are emphasized.
    • Quantitative Methods for Managers (TSQUANTI)
      The course introduces the students to quantitative and statistical methods and models that will enhance business decision-making processes. Topics include mathematical modeling, linear programming, probability, decision theory, PERT/CPM, forecasting, inventory management, queuing theory, and monte-carlo simulation techniques.
    • Operations Management (TSOPEMAN)
      The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, techniques, and applications of contemporary production and operations management (OM). It is a practical course that covers strategic, tactical and operational issues involved in both manufacturing and service operations. In addition to the traditional OM topics, the course also includes quality management, supply chain management and e-Commerce.While providing students with technical and quantitative tools, it will focus more on the managerial aspect of operations, as well as on the ethical and social implications of OM decisions.
    • Managerial Accounting (TSMANACC)
      Managers need information in their planning and control functions. Financial information is necessary not only to determine the financial position and operating results of a firm but also to help managers make decisions on how best to optimize the resources entrusted to it by its many stakeholders. Resources are measured in terms of cost, and effective cost management is vital to ensure the best possible profit and return to the firm.The course is a study of accounting and cost management concepts. The topics include the analysis of financial statements, cost constructs and cost accumulation methods, the relationship of cost, volume, price and mix and how they can increase margins, variable costing, standard costing, operational and capital budgeting, segment reporting, relevant costing, and cost control strategies. In discussing the various topics emphasis will be given on decision making, its ethical implications especially on the quality and reliability of information, and its impact on business and national development.
    • Financial Management (TSFINMAN)
      The course deals with the application of contemporary finance theory to the solution of management problems. The focus is on policy formulation and decision-making under uncertainty. Critical evaluation of concepts is emphasized to assess their usefulness in practical business situations. Problem-solving methodology is used to illustrate the theories and tools in financial decision-making.The course likewise tackles the ethical issues and dilemmas faced by the finance manager in his day-to-day work and how these are solved. The learners will be taught how to resolve these issues using an ethical decision analysis framework. The course also discusses the implications of financial management decisions in the life of the enterprise and how such impacts the national economy as a whole.
    • Management Dynamics (TSMANDYN)
      The course is designed to provide the foundation for the development of knowledge and skills in professional management in different organizational settings. It focuses on the key management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling in building a dynamic business portfolio. It will develop skills in integrating technology, ethics and social responsibility, in responding to the transforming situations and challenges of the real world.
    • Human Resource Management (TSHUMRES)
      The course emphasizes the alignment of Human Resource Management practices and programs with the goals and strategies and values of the organization. This course presents powerful tools for analyzing strategic alignment that will enable the learner to understand the most vital resource of the organization – its human resources.It provides a fresh perspective on the role of HR and its function as change agent in partnership with top management and how together, they can build one of the most critical sources of sustainable competitive advantage – an organization whose design, culture, and people are aligned with strategy and values.

      It addresses human resource topics such as reward systems, performance management, high-performance human resource systems, training and development, recruitment, retention, work-force relationships from a strategic standpoints.

    • Managing Concepts for Information Technology (TSINFOTE)
      Information systems and technologies are vital components of successful businesses and organizations. They constitute an essential field of study in business administration and management.The course presents management concepts that lead to an understanding of information technology and its role within the enterprise. It includes enhancing awareness of the digital and economic divide within a nation and how a business performs its economic activities while at the same time investing in marginalized sectors and communities.

      Building consensus among business and technology professionals using modern approaches to strategic planning, business process re-engineering and systems development are discussed highlighting the ethical and legal principles that impact this environment.

      The goal is to help students learn how to use and manage information technologies to revitalize business processes, improve decision making and gain competitive advantage. Major emphasis is placed on up-to-date coverage of the essential role of the IT in providing a platform for business, commerce and collaboration processes among all business stakeholders in today’s networked enterprises and global markets.

    • Marketing Management (TSMARKMA)
      The course is designed to provide learners with knowledge on the fundamental concepts and practices of Marketing in the context of the new economy. It will focus on the formulation and implementation of marketing strategies in the areas of brand equity, products and services, pricing, distribution, advertising and promotion, and competition. These strategies will be discussed considering the current business environment including such realities such as hyper competition, digitalized technologies and the empowered consumer. The course will also help learners gain a good understanding of administrative processes where Marketing plays a central role in the game of demand creation, customer satisfaction and customer relation management. Furthermore, it will also show how ethical and socially responsible Marketing practices can help in nation-building.
    • Economics for Managers (TSECOMAN)
      The course focuses on the basic economic concepts and principles as applied to business situations. Microeconomic concepts such as scarcity, opportunity costs, marginalism, and efficiency will never lose their central role in economics as long as scarcity itself exists. Macroeconomic concepts like GDP and GNP, employment and unemployment, inflation and deflation, balance of payments and foreign exchange rates will remain to be the primary concerns of all economies. These micro and macro concepts are integrated into a framework that will assist business leaders and managers in coping with the challenges arising from changes in a competitive business environment.The course will provide students with a working knowledge and skills of how consumers, firms and industries behave in a complex macroeconomic environment, thus helping them arrive at rational, optimal, and efficient choices. These informed choices when added up to the choices that other people make, translate into better societal choices.
  2. Electives
    • Demand Management (TSDEMMAN)
      Demand Management is an approach employed by supply chain managers to see to it that business needs are appropriately satisfied and resources are utilized in optimal ways. This elective course is designed to study the operational and strategic management of demand and to examine the role of supply chain practitioners in this area with the objective of improving organization’s competitiveness. The course will tackle the crucial and practical elements associated with specifying requirements and planning supply, and will present tools that supply chain managers can use in performing their functions.
    • Economic Development (TSECODEV)
      The course deals with the economics of long-term growth and development. It focuses on areas and issues of policy-making that are likely to remain of primary concern in the efforts of underdeveloped and developing countries to achieve economic growth and development.
    • Electronic Commerce (TSE-COMME)
      The course is designed to guide managers through the process of overcoming the fear of change and embracing the benefits of e-commerce for customers, employees and shareholders. The economic evidence of the growth of e-commerce and its benefits for streamlining the business relationships between a company and its customers, suppliers, and employees are examined. The highest pay-off e-commerce applications and principles of using e-commerce to create competitive advantage are identified.How companies are getting CEOs on board, how they are managing their change process to create effective e-commerce strategies, and how they create cultures that can sustain the benefits of change in the future are discussed.
    • Entrepreneurship (TSENTREP)
      Entrepreneurship is the ability to see opportunities where others see only problems, to turn those opportunities into an actual business venture, and to manage that venture into growing, viable enterprise. Entrepreneurship is for those who see an alternative to employment and are not daunted by the challenges of setting up their own business.This course will strive primarily to inspire and to encourage entrepreneurship, through the examination, discussion and analysis of contemporary entrepreneurs. Furthermore, to ensure the viability of any entrepreneurial venture, this course will provide a framework of evaluation techniques to apply and pertinent issues to consider, when investigating business opportunities.

      The focus on this course is on relatively small businesses, from inception to start-up to early establishment.

    • Family Business Management (TSFAMBUS)
      Family businesses compose most of enterprises operating in the country. Their success contributes to its over-all economic health. Understanding how they are managed, including the dynamics of the family within the business, adds to help maintain the healthiness of the enterprise.The course will expose the students on the dynamics and communication issues in a family. They will learn leadership and relationships inherent in the business and how these are intertwined in the ownership, governance and management of the same. Ownership legacy, sibling rivalries, professionalism, succession, and strategic planning are some of the topics that will be covered in this course. Family businesses in the Asian context will be discussed in line with their successes and failures.
    • Financial Analysis for Decision-Making (TSFINDEM)
      The course deals with the understanding and analysis of financial information for decision-making. The importance of financial information has never been emphasized until the issues of transparency, good corporate governance, and investor relations cropped up as corporate scandals. Because of the uncertainty brought about by the chaotic environment, there is need for more accurate financial information on a timely basis so that corporate financial management decisions and investor decisions will be guided.Critical analysis, diagnosis, and evaluation of financial information are emphasized in this course as applied in practical business situations. Problem-solving methodology is used to illustrate the theories and tools in financial decision-making including the use of technologies to help with the analysis.

      Because of the impact of transparency in corporate and investor relations, this course will tackle the ethical issues and dilemmas involving financial information and reporting.

    • Financial Engineering (TSFINENG)
      Financial Engineering is a course on the basic concepts and the application of the principles of financial innovation – the process that seeks to adapt existing financial instruments and processes and to develop new ones so as to enable financial market participants to cope more effectively with the changing world.
    • Global Market Analysis and International Trade (TSGLOBMA)
      This course presents the challenges of marketing goods and services in foreign markets. The cultural, political, geographic, technological, and economic influences on international marketing will be discussed. This course also covers international market research and the application of the four P’s in an international setting. Students are expected to assimilate this new knowledge in analyzing international marketing management problems, using techniques and strategies necessary to incorporate and apply “the market concept” into the framework of the global marketplace.
    • Marketing Communication (TSMARCOM)
      The course introduces the concept of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC), which is the approach that more and more marketing and communications professionals are using to face the rapid growth of internet, the biggest challenges in the contemporary market place. An increased rate of advertising clutter in most traditional media, a more product knowledgeable and demanding consumer, higher pressures from manufacturers to retail chains and a global economy are only a few characteristics of today’s ever-evolving business environment.The course will provide a review of the basic concepts of marketing, communications, segment marketing, positioning, and target market or to apply the most common consumer behavior techniques. It will also provide an opportunity for students to understand the target market(s) and, design an IMC campaign.
    • Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (TSINVEMA)
      The course deals with the application of the principles of investment analysis and portfolio management to corporate and personal finances. The steps and procedures involved in the investment process are discussed and simulated by the students to provide them with skills at creating their own corporate or personal investment portfolios in the future. Risk and return management strategies are discussed and analyzed as they apply not only to the global investment setting but also to the specific investment situations in the Philippine market.The ethical dimensions of investment decisions will also be tackled as part of this course.
    • Law in the Business Environment (TSLAWBUS)
      The course introduces the learner to the various laws that are relevant in the business environment. The course equips the student with an understanding of how business decisions and operations are directly influenced by law.In the first half of the course, the student will study the law on Contracts, Credit Transactions, Labor-Management Relations as well as Partnerships and Corporations for the purpose of attaining a working familiarity with basic legal concepts and principles.

      For the rest of the course, the emphasis will be on Good Corporate Governance. Here, the student will study the recent issuance of the SEC regarding corporate governance and how it impacts on the way corporations are run.

    • Leading Organizational Change (TSLEADOC)
      The course will provide students with competence on how to lead change. The course will explore the dynamics of organizational change as well as models of leading organizational change in business and management. Various concepts will be learned including the forces and the conditions behind organizational change, the types and levels of change, the resistance to change and the constructive strategies necessary to manage the uncertainties of change in organizations.
    • Project Management (TSPROJMA)
      The course takes the view of the project manager as a leader who manages projects effectively using appropriate tools and concepts in project management. It provides a framework for managerial and leadership effectiveness leading to the acquisition of professional skills to handle complex problems frequently encountered in project management. It involves the study and understanding of the core processes for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects under various circumstances. The course also includes the human side of project leadership and its strategic perspectives as applied in various types of organizations. The conceptual framework, the methodologies and the issues that will be highlighted in this course can be applied to a number of business decisions and change management situations. Both the theoretical and practical aspects of such applications will be covered.The project environment is a team environment and a significant component of this course is team-based. With the guided learning offered in this course, the students are expected to be able to tackle projects in a controlled and coordinated manner and be aware of how to align their projects to achieve maximum benefits during execution.
    • Lean Six Sigma (TS6-SIGMA)
      The course covers the concepts of Lean and Six Sigma for both manufacturing and service businesses. Lean Six Sigma is a business and data-driven, process-oriented, benefit-driven, disciplined-based approach to reducing waste and minimizing defects in any type of process. Lean Six Sigma focuses on the reduction of waste, on increasing profitability, breakthrough improvement, and customer satisfaction.Students are provided an overview of Lean, Six Sigma and the DMAIC problem-solving methodologies. Included are both statistical and non-statistical techniques used for continuous process improvement such as process definition, SIPOC, process flow diagrams, data collection techniques, measurement techniques, causes of process variation, pareto diagrams, histograms, cause and effect diagrams, DOE (Design Of Experiments), ANOVA Gage R&R, FMEA control charts and process capability analysis, collectively called QC Tools.
    • Supply Chain Management (TSSUPMAN)
      The course covers concepts, trends, processes and techniques involved in the management of activities from the procurement of materials and services, to their transformation into intermediate goods or final products, and ultimately to their distribution and delivery to customers. The course will discuss procurement, inbound logistics, supply chain strategies, electronic procurement and warehousing and distribution. It will deal with managerial processes that span across functional areas within individual firms and links suppliers, trading partners, distributors, and customers across organizational boundaries. The course will also consider logistics, technology, network design, and administration of supply chains from the standpoint of business strategy and global competition.
  3. Integrating Course
    • Strategic Management (TSSTRAMA)
      The course serves as the capstone course for the MBA program. It aims to enable the learners to develop and implement cross-functional decisions towards the attainment of their organizations’ vision, mission and objectives using strategic management principles and integrating knowledge and skills learned from the other MBA courses.The learners will apply the strategic management process consisting of strategy formulation, strategy implementation and strategy evaluation, as well as the various analytical frameworks and strategy formulation tools that can aid them in decision making. Through this course, the learners’ strategic thinking capability is expected to be strengthened as they are made to critically analyze and integrate information about their companies’ external and internal environment in the local and global context, and to use this in formulating and implementing innovative strategies that can help their companies build a sustainable competitive advantage. The learners will likewise be made to understand the different strategy choices and to evaluate strategic management issues and concepts that are important to managing in today’s global environment. This course also aims to promote among its learners ethical business decisions, the practice of corporate social responsibility and making a contribution towards nation building.

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Distinctive Features

The Middle Managers Program is designed for senior managers and staff members who occupy supervisory and/or managerial positions within their respective organizations. The quality of their work experience allows a richer and deeper discussion of the management challenge, and the program’s interactive design enables students to learn from each other, and not just from the instructor. The curriculum is designed to enable students to immediately make high quality decisions for maximum impact in an increasingly complex and fast-paced competitive environment.

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The MBA Middle Manager Program Curriculum

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  1. The MBA Middle Manager Program is a non-thesis program offered on a trimestral basis with fifteen (15) weeks of classes. Students participate in class one (1) night per week, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. except for STRAMA. The maximum number of students per class is thirty (30).
  2. The degree can be completed in two (2) years and one (1) trimester or seven (7) trimesters.
  3. The maximum load per trimester is two (2) courses. Additional load per trimester requires approval from the cluster chair and the faculty member assigned to handle the class.
  4. The MBA Middle Manager Program consists of the following courses:
    Core Courses 33 units
    Electives 6 units
    Integrating Course 3 units
    Total 42 units
  5. Each course has a detailed learning guide (module) for the entire course, as well as for every class meeting. The module serves as the road map for both the students and their professors. Each meeting has a well-defined goal and objective.
  6. The reading materials and cases for each session are provided prior to the start of the classes. Thus, on the first day of the class, students are expected to have read the reading assignments and to be ready for discussion.

 

PROGRAM DELIVERY: FACILITATION AND STUDENT PARTICIPATION

The curriculum for the MBA Middle Manager Program includes analytical learning through time intensive courses designed specifically for working adults. The design of the courses recognizes that adults learn most effectively and most rapidly through a process of self-learning, bringing both life and work experiences that can be a learning resource for the other students in the class.

Self-learning occurs before class so that each participant can contribute in a meaningful way to group discussions and be an effective resource in shared-learning. Shared-learning occurs in the classroom, where each participant learns from the life and professional experiences of others.

Each adult learner must be an active participant in the learning process. The principal responsibility of the facilitator is to assist in this process, not to teach the technical content of the course. The facilitator is a technical expert in the field and will answer questions beyond the competence of the participants, but the primary responsibility for learning belongs to the student. Ordinarily, the facilitator will not lecture for extended periods of time.

The level of learning to meet the learning objectives of the courses is quite high. Students will need to think at the creating and evaluating levels. They operate at the evaluation level when they form judgments and assessments by combining their own medley of experiences and learning with disparate conflicting and complex facts. They operate at the creating level when they originate, integrate, and combine ideas into a product plan or proposal that is new. They will find that all elements of these courses will focus on learning outcomes primarily at the creating and evaluating levels.

COURSE CODE UNITS
1. Core Courses
Business Ethics MMETHICS 3
The Call to Leadership MMLEADER 3
Applied Management Science MMMANSCI 3
Operations Management MMOPEMAN 3
Managerial Accounting MMMANACC 3
Financial Management MMFINMAN 3
Principles and Dynamics of Management MMPRIMAN 3
Economics for Managers MMECOMAN 3
Human Resource Management MMHUMRES 3
Management Concepts for Information Technology MMINFOTE 3
Marketing Management MMMARKMA 3

2. Electives
Brand Management MMBRANMA 3
Controllership MMCONTRO 3
Demand Management MMDEMMAN 3
Economic Development MMECODEV 3
Electronic Commerce MME-COMME 3
Entrepreneurship MMENTREP 3
Financial Engineering MMFINENG 3
Global Marketing MMGLOBMA 3
Investment Management MMINVEMA 3

3. Integrating Course
Strategic Management MMSTRAMA 3

 

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MBA Middle Manager Program Course Sequence

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Course Descriptions
  1. Core Courses
    • Business Ethics (MMETHICS)
      Many business schools in the world today require Business Ethics courses in order to develop business students’ sense of moral and social responsibilities. There is a growing recognition that managers have a tremendous power to shape not only business organizations but the surrounding community as well. Recognizing this, the public is increasingly demanding that managers use this power responsibly and that business be accountable not only to its stockholders and internal stakeholders but to society at large.It has been said that business is good for society since it creates wealth, products and services benefiting human beings. But white-collar crimes, wrongdoings and excesses committed by both individuals and business organizations, often overshadow these goals.

      The course will discuss the foundation of ethics in general and of business ethics in particular. It will attempt to help students critically examine moral values and principles. The course will help students understand how moral character is developed. It aims to improve their ethical decision-making by presenting a model for ethical reasoning to analyze dilemmas involving employee relations, employee-organization relations and corporate-employee, corporation-community relations.

      Through this course, students will be taught that business should not be purely driven by profit but that it should contribute to the well being of employees and the community in which it operates.

    • The Call to Leadership (MMLEADER)
      The course aims to introduce the students to a depth of thinking about individuals and collective patterns of leadership practices. Designed as an interactive and reflective course, the learning interventions will focus on guiding the students to reflectively process or understand leadership patterns and dynamics as applied in their personal and professional lives. Reflective/critical thinking and ethics-based reasoning and decision making are emphasized.
    • Applied Management Science (MMMANSCI)
      The course is designed for graduate students that provide formal training on the use of quantitative tools or techniques in analyzing and/or solving management problems encountered in finance, marketing, production/operations, human resources, and other functional areas. The approach is conceptual and problem-oriented using EXCEL to derive solutions to mathematical models. The students are expected to formulate decision problems mathematically, derive computer solutions, interpret solutions/results, perform sensitivity analysis (analyze impact of various “what if” scenarios on model solutions) and most importantly, be able to draw managerial insights from quantitative solutions.
    • Operations Management (MMOPEMAN)
      The course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the operations management (OM) concepts, techniques, and applications in contemporary setting. It is a practical course that covers strategic, tactical and operational issues involved in both manufacturing and service sectors. It is about the creation of competitive advantage through the use of appropriate operational skills and tools. While providing students with technical and quantitative methodologies, it will focus more on the managerial aspect of operations, as well as on the ethical and social implications of OM decisions.In addition to the traditional OM topics, the course shall give special attention to the study of project management and supply chain fundamentals. This is for the purpose of giving the students the opportunity to see how projects can best be managed within time and budget constraints. The supply chain concepts on the other hand shall expand the students focus on the entire distribution system from material sourcing to product and/or service distribution.

      The first part of the course will require a lot of classroom work; while the second part will involve hands-on application of project management principles by way of the organization of an operations forum seminar.

    • Managerial Accounting (MMMANACC)
      Managers need information in their planning and control functions. Financial information is provided not only to report the firm’s financial position and operating results but to guide managers in optimizing the resources entrusted to the firm by its many stakeholders.The course introduces a business-management approach to the development and use of accounting information particularly for internal reporting and decision making. Topics include the analysis of financial reports, cost concepts and cost accumulation methods, CVP analysis, standard costing, operational and capital budgeting, segment reporting, relevant costing, and cost management and pricing strategies. In discussing the various topics emphasis will be given on how cost and profit information can guide managers in making operational and strategic decisions. Ethics, corporate governance, enterprise risk management and corporate social responsibility will also be discussed in relation to accounting practices by firms.
    • Financial Management (MMFINMAN)
      The course deals with the application of contemporary finance theory to the solution of management problems. The focus is on policy formulation and decision making under uncertainty. Critical evaluation of concepts is emphasized to assess their usefulness in practical business situations. Problem-solving methodology is used to illustrate the theories and tools in financial decision-making.The course likewise tackles the ethical issues and dilemmas faced by the finance manager in his day-to-day work and how these are solved. The learners will be taught how to resolve these issues using an ethical decision analysis framework. The course also discusses the implications of financial management decisions in the life of the enterprise and how such impacts the national economy as a whole.

      Learners attending this course are expected to have completed the prerequisite Managerial Accounting course.

    • Principles and Dynamics of Management (MMPRIMAN)
      The course provides an introduction to management and the knowledge and skills to competently cope with the challenges facing today’s management. Business enterprises and nonprofit organizations operate within a complex and rapidly changing global environment. The field of management is undergoing a revolution. Globalization, economic deregulation, trade liberalization, technological advancement and the widening growth of the urban poor have created new opportunities and threats confronting managers. The course is designed to familiarize learners with the accepted management standards, procedures and techniques employed by corporate, business and functional level managers.
    • Human Resource Management (MMHUMRES)
      The course emphasizes the alignment of Human Resource Management practices and programs with the goals and strategies and values of the organization. This course presents powerful tools for analyzing strategic alignment for enabling the learner to understand the most vital resource of the organization – its human resources.It provides a fresh perspective on the role of HR and its function as change agent in partnership with top management and how together, they can build one of the most critical sources of sustainable competitive advantage – an organization whose design, culture, and people are aligned with strategy and values.

      It addresses human resource topics such as reward systems, performance management, high-performance human resource systems, training and development, recruitment, retention, work-force relationships from a strategic perspective.

    • Management Concepts for Information Technology (MMINFOTE)
      Information systems and technologies are vital components of successful businesses and organizations. They constitute an essential field of study in business administration and management.This course presents management concepts that lead to an understanding of information technology and its role within the enterprise as well as in building a nation. It includes enhancing awareness of the digital and economic divide within a nation and how a business performs its economic activities while at the same time investing in marginalized sectors and communities.

      Building consensus among business and technology professionals using modern approaches to strategic planning, business process re-engineering and systems development are discussed highlighting the ethical and legal principles that impact this environment.

      The goal is to help students learn how to use and manage information technologies to revitalize business processes, improve decision making and gain competitive advantage. Major emphasis is placed on up-to-date coverage of the essential role of the IT in providing a platform for business, commerce and collaboration processes among all business stakeholders in today’s networked enterprises and global markets.

    • Marketing Management (MMMARKMA)
      The course is designed to provide learners with knowledge on the fundamental concepts and practices of Marketing in the context of the new economy. It will focus on the formulation and implementation of marketing strategies in the areas of brand equity, products and services, pricing, distribution, advertising and promotion, and competition. These strategies will be discussed considering the current business environment including such realities such as hyper competition, digitalized technologies and the empowered consumer. The course will also help learners gain a good understanding of administrative processes where Marketing plays a central role in the game of demand creation, customer satisfaction and customer relation management. Furthermore, it will also show how ethical and socially responsible Marketing practices can help in nation building.
    • Economics for Managers (MMECOMAN)
      This 3-unit course in Economics for Managers has been designed to give MBA students a working knowledge of Economics, the social science that deals with the optimal use of scarce resources to maximize the satisfaction of human material needs and wants. It consists of two parts:

      • First half (pre-midterms): Microeconomics, the use of the analytical tools and techniques to enable the managers of an enterprise to make sound decisions that maximize the productivity of scarce organizational resources and the attainment of organizational goals; and
      • Second half (post-midterms): Macroeconomics with a business perspective, focusing on basic concepts and models concerning the nature and workings of a modern free-enterprise, market-based economy, particularly the key variables that affect the business environment, both national and global

      The course provides students with a working knowledge of the most critical aspect of the business environment in which their organizations operate, and a familiarity with the tools of analysis that will help them navigate successfully through its turbulence.

  2. Electives
    • Brand Management (MMBRANMA)
      The course will enable students to analyze and evaluate brands and identify strategies to manage them effectively. It will present principles of branding and brand management that will be useful in appraising the range of theories and frameworks that help create a strong, differentiated brand. It will equip students with skills that will make them leverage branding to sustain competitive advantage, increase customer loyalty and increase profitability.
    • Controllership (MMCONTRO)
      The course is an elective course for those who wish to deepen and widen their knowledge, understanding, application, and analysis of the role of controllership in the organizations. It integrates the concepts, principles and tools of controls gained by the student from the foundation and core courses involving planning, controlling and providing reliable information for corporate decision-making.As this is an elective course that utilizes knowledge and understanding gained from previous courses, the student is brought to the level of integration and synthesis by performing an actual management control analysis paper of a chosen company and submitting this paper as a major requirement of the course.

      The course largely makes use of the dynamics of management control to achieve corporate objectives.

      The student should have already taken up Accounting and Finance courses and the other core functional disciplines to be able to understand and integrate the role of controllership in the organization.

    • Demand Management (MMDEMMAN)
      Demand Management is an approach employed by supply chain managers to see to it that business needs are appropriately satisfied and resources are utilized in optimal ways. This elective course is designed to study the operational and strategic management of demand and to examine the role of supply chain practitioners in this area with the objective of improving organization’s competitiveness. The course will tackle the crucial and practical elements associated with specifying requirements and planning supply, and will present tools that supply chain managers can use in performing their functions.
    • Economic Development (MMECODEV)
      The course deals with the economics of long-term growth and development. It focuses on areas and issues of policy-making that are likely to remain of primary concern in the efforts of underdeveloped and developing countries to achieve economic growth and development.
    • Electronic Commerce (MME-COMME)
      The course is designed to guide managers through the process of overcoming the fear of change and embracing the benefits of e-commerce for customers, employees and shareholders. The economic evidence of the growth of e-commerce and its benefits for streamlining the business relationships between a company and its customers, suppliers, and employees are examined. The highest pay-off e-commerce applications and principles of using e-commerce to create competitive advantage are identified.How companies are getting CEOs on board, how they are managing their change process to create effective e-commerce strategies, and how they create cultures that can sustain the benefits of change in the future are discussed.

      The role of senior management in translating the vision of e-strategy into a concrete reality is explored. This course also discusses how managers should participate in the design of e-commerce architectures; handle the most effective techniques for evaluating e-commerce suppliers and negotiating contracts; and manage e-commerce projects to enjoy the benefits of e-commerce.

    • Entrepreneurship (MMENTREP)
      Entrepreneurship is the ability to see business opportunities, to turn those opportunities into an actual business venture and to manage that venture into a growing and viable enterprise. Entrepreneurship is for those who seek an alternative to employment and are not daunted by the challenges of setting up their own businesses.This course will strive primarily to inspire and to encourage entrepreneurship, through the examination, discussion and analysis of contemporary entrepreneurs.

      The course provides sound principles, concepts and evaluation techniques to assess entrepreneurial capability, resource requirements and risks for increased likelihood of strategic success.

    • Financial Engineering (MMFINENG)
      Financial Engineering is a course on the basic concepts and the application of the principles of financial innovation. This process seeks to adapt existing financial instruments and processes and to develop new ones so as to enable financial market participants to cope more effectively with the changing world.
    • Global Marketing (MMGLOBMA)
      This course covers concepts and practices relating to global marketing and addresses various issues faced by international marketers. It highlights the emerging trends in most companies in the design of strategies pertaining to their products and services, pricing, promotion and distribution. It will touch on the contemporary environmental forces that impact on their marketing mix strategies and programs and their implementation and control. The following specific areas will be covered:

      1. Overview of global marketing
      2. The global marketing environment
      3. The global strategy in entering foreign markets
      4. Design of the global marketing mix
      5. Organization, implementation and control of the global marketing effort
      6. Impact of information technology in global marketing
      7. Ethical and social dimensions in global marketing
      8. Integration of global marketing with finance, production and human resources.

      This course is open only to students who have completed the core course of Marketing Management.

    • Investment Management (MMINVEMA)
      The course deals with the application of the principles of investment analysis and portfolio management to corporate and personal finances. The steps and procedures involved in the investment process are discussed and simulated by the students to provide them the skills at creating their own corporate or personal investment portfolios in the future. Risk and return management strategies are discussed and analyzed as they particularly apply not only to the global investment setting but also to the specific investment situations in the Philippine market.An actual visit of the local exchange bourse will be required of the students to be arranged by the faculty member in consultation with the Cluster.

      At the end of the course, the students will be required to submit a final report of their own investment programs for their own companies or personal finances. The mechanics of this report will be discussed by the faculty member at the start of the session. The ethical dimensions of investment decisions will be tackled as part of this course.

  3. Integrating Course
    • Strategic Management (MMSTRAMA)
      The course serves as the capstone course for the MBA program. It aims to enable the learners develop and implement strategic cross-functional decisions towards the attainment of their organizations’ vision, mission and objectives using strategic management principles and integrating knowledge and skills acquired by the learners from the other MBA courses.The learners will apply the strategic management process consisting of strategy formulation, strategy implementation and strategy evaluation, as well as the various analytical frameworks and strategy formulation tools that can aid them in strategic decision making. Through this course, the learners’ strategic thinking capability is expected to be strengthened as they are made to critically analyze and integrate information about their companies’ external and internal environment in the local and global context, and to use this in formulating and implementing innovative strategies that can help their companies build a sustainable competitive advantage. The learners will likewise be made to understand the different strategy choices and to evaluate strategic management issues and concepts that are important to managing in today’s global environment. This course also aims to promote among its learners ethical business decisions, the practice of corporate social responsibility and making a contribution towards nation building.

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Contact Details

Registrar: Rey R. Reyes, MBA

Contact Persons:

  • Redson Solicar (88997691 loc. 2214)
  • Danny Cruz (88997691 loc. 2215)
  • Patrick Ignacio (88997691 loc. 2233)
  • Ral Lacsamana (88997691 loc. 2234)

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Distinctive Features

Curriculum

  • Specialized program providing management education to professionals who would like to pursue careers leading to top management positions in health care organizations
  • Modular approach, with specified daily learning outcomes, activities and assignment
  • Focused not just on theories and techniques but also on values and personal transformation
  • Requires a total of 14 courses (42 units in total) made up of 12 core courses and 2 electiveS
  • Non-thesis program, with an integrating Strategic Management paper as the terminal requirement

Program Delivery

  • Cohort-based part-time program designed for working professionals
  • The program follows a trimestral schedule and the entire program can be completed in seven trimesters of 14 weeks each, or a total of two years and 4 months.
  • Each student takes two classes per trimester; each class meets three hours per week for a total of 14 weeks All classes are delivered on Saturdays
  • Student-centered focus requires students to take greater responsibility for their own learning
  • Workplace-based approach will require students to draw on their personal and professional experiences, and apply their learnings to their work even as they undergo the program
  • Faculty are facilitators of learning rather than lecturers
  • Maximum of 25 students per class
  • The MBA in Health Program is offered at our main campus in Rockwell Center, Makati City, and our satellite campus in Clark Field, Pampanga

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The MBA in Health Program Curriculum

General Description

  1. The MBA in Health is offered on a trimestral basis. Class work is one (1) day a week (Saturdays) with two courses of three hours each per session for fourteen (14) sessions per trimester.
  2. The program is completed in seven (7) consecutive trimesters or a total of twenty eight (28) months. Students with a fixed load of six (6) units per trimester are able to complete the academic requirements within this period. Students who develop their strategic management paper early during their course work can graduate by the last (7th) trimester.
  3. The maximum load per trimester is two (2) courses. Additional load requires approval from the director of MBAH.
  4. The MBA in Health Program consists of the following courses:
    Major Course 12 units
    Core Courses in Management 21 units
    Electives 6 units
    Integrating Course 3 units
    Total 42 units
  5. The required health care core courses serve as foundation and context by which the student is challenged to understand and apply the structure and operation of health care systems. The major MBA courses give the student a solid mastery of management fundamentals.
  6. Attendance in all courses is required. Absence from class for a total of 20% of sessions per course may be considered as excused absences.
  7. Instructional methodology is of graduate level quality. To provide the students with the foundation for professional practice of general management in the health care enterprise, a combination of lectures, workshops, home-reading assignments, case studies, field work, self-learning modules and directed research are used that:
    • Provide factual and practical knowledge of the health care field
    • Strengthen the student’s faculties of analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making
    • Challenge the student’s initiative and self-discipline
    • Encourage independent thought, intensity of purpose, freedom from bias, thoroughness of inquiry, originality and creativity
    • Promote group interaction and cooperation, and
    • Foster a high sense of professional responsibility.
COURSES CODES UNITS
1. Major Courses
Principles and Concepts in Health and Development MHPCHDEV 3
Managerial Epidemiology MBEPIDEM 3
Health, Culture, and Society MHCULSOC 3
Health Economics for Managers MBHEAECO 3

2. Core Courses
Ethics in Health Care MBETHICS 3
Dynamics of Leadership MHDYLEAD 3
Principles and Dynamics of Management MHMANPRI 3
Marketing Management MBMARKMA 3
Financial Management MHFINMAN 3
Operations Management MHOPEMAN 3
Human Resource Management MBHUMRES 3

3. Electives (choose 2)
Health Informatics MBHINFO 3
Entrepreneurship MBENTREP 3

4. Integrating Course
Strategic Management MBSTRAMA 3

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The MBA in Health Program Course Sequence

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PROGRAM COST

For SY 2017-2018, tuition fees in the MBA in Health program are approximately P26,500 per class. These fees do not include the cost of books and miscellaneous fees. (Tuition fees are slightly lower at our satellite campus in Clark Field, Pampanga)

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Course Descriptions
  1. Major Courses
    • Principles and Concepts in Health and Development (MHPCHDEV)
      This is a core course in the MBA-Health program that grounds the students on the Philippine health system. Students are introduced to the concepts of health and development and to the workings of the health system. Elements of the health system are analyzed and stakeholders identified. Students are asked to look at how these elements and stakeholders interact, either in synergy or in opposition to each other, as the health system moves towards improving the health of the people.The course stresses the need for a more rational, coherent and enlightened understanding of the workings of the health system so that the fragmentation and disconnectedness that pervade the current system can be reformed by influencing the way people think, feel and behave about health.

      Students are also asked to confront the roles they play, as health professionals representing various sectors and disciplines, in this process of transformation. The end goal of the course is to provide the students with a relevant context for the application of the competencies they will learn as leaders and managers in the health sector.

    • Managerial Epidemiology (MBEPIDEM)
      This course is an introduction to the use of epidemiology in management and decision-making for the graduate student. The student will learn to use an epidemiological model for the delivery of health care services, methods for measuring need and health, analytic approaches to decision-making when evaluating the impacts of health care programs and policies, and how to apply epidemiology in program planning and selected specialty areas.
    • Health, Culture and Society (MHCULSOC)
      The course will introduce perspectives from the social sciences and their possible applications for health care, particularly the development of cultural competence. Using a cross-cultural survey of different medical systems- with emphases on those found in the Philippines-the course will underscore the need to look at the diversity of meanings, beliefs, symbols and rituals around health care, both “western” and “non-western”. The course will also look at the ways different societies organize themselves for health care in the popular, folk and professional sectors, often in response to challenges posed by the environment. Finally, the course will look at how macro structures and institutions- locally and globally-shape health care systems in different social and historical settings.
    • Health Economics for Managers (MBHEAECO)
      The course is an introduction to health economics or the use of economics in the health sector. There are two branches of health economics: micro and macro. The former focuses on economic behavior of individuals and firms while the latter focuses on system structure and complex interactions between the structural components that affect national health system outcomes. Both branches are important in understanding health care policies and management decisions and the course will cover both.Economic theory and analysis influence health decision-making and the course will provide the students with an economic framework to understand how the Philippine health system is structured. The course will also deal with the issue of allocation of limited health care resources. Further, the conduct of economic evaluation of healthcare interventions will be deliberated in class.
  2. Core Courses
    • Ethics in Health Care (MBETHICS)
      Many business schools in the world today require Business Ethics courses in order “to educate men and women on a heightened sense of their moral and social responsibilities.” (Can Ethics be Taught: Approaches at Harvard Business School 1993) There is a growing recognition that managers have a tremendous power to shape not only business organizations but the surrounding community as well. In light of recent business scandals in the United States, the public is increasingly demanding that managers use this power with care and that business be accountable to society at large.Managers in the health care business are not exempt. In fact, there is an even greater call for ethical behavior in this field because it generally deals with vulnerable populations.

      Health care ethics has traditionally been taught within the confines of the patient-doctor relationship. In truth, health care ethics necessarily concerns the larger community where conflicts of interests are often the norm rather than the exception. Thus, there is a need for health care providers—managers and practitioners alike—to be capable of ethical deliberation and action.

      The course will discuss the foundations of ethics in general and of health care ethics in particular. It will also attempt to help students improve their ethical decision making by presenting a model for ethical reasoning that may be used in analyzing dilemmas confronting health care managers.

    • Dynamics of Leadership (MHDYLEAD)
      This course aims to introduce the students to a depth of thinking about individuals and collective patterns of leadership practices called for in this Master’s program. Designed as an interactive and reflective course, the learning interventions will focus on guiding the students to reflectively process or understand leadership patterns and dynamics as applied in their personal and professional lives. Reflective/critical thinking and ethics based reasoning and decision-making are emphasized.
    • Principles and Dynamics of Management (MHPRIMAN)
      The course provides learners with an understanding of the role of management and the analytical tools to competently cope with the challenges facing today’s management. Business enterprises and non-profit organizations operate within a complex and rapidly changing global environment. The field of management is undergoing a revolution. Globalization, economic deregulation, trade liberalization, technological advancement and the widening of the urban poor have created new threats and opportunities confronting managers. This course is designed to familiarize learners with the accepted management standards, procedures and techniques employed by corporate, business and functional level managers.
    • Marketing Management (MBMARKMA)
      The course is designed to provide learners with a formal training on the fundamental concepts and practices of Marketing in the context of the new economy. It will also focus on the formulation and implementation of marketing strategies in the areas of research, products and services, pricing, distribution, advertising and promotion, market analysis, alternative approaches to competition, brand building, and revenue-generating activities. These strategies, to serve their purpose, are best aligned to the business environment, hyper competition, digitalized technologies, the empowered consumer, and the country’s widening base of the poor. This course will likewise help learners gain a good understanding of administrative processes where marketing plays a central role in the game of demand creation and customer satisfaction. Finally, everyone will get to appreciate, by the latter part of the 15 sessions, that Marketing is indeed a powerful contributor to nation building.
    • Financial Management (MHFINMAN)
      This course deals with decision making under uncertainty for corporate financial management designed particularly for health care institutions. Critical evaluation of concepts is emphasized to assess their usefulness in practical business situations. Problem-solving methodology is used to illustrate the theories and tools in financial decision making including the use of health demographics to help with the financial evaluation studies.More importantly, this course tackles the ethical issues and dilemmas faced by the financial manager in his day-to-day work as chief financial officer for a healthcare institution with a very important primary mission of service to its patients. The students will be taught how to resolve these ethical dilemmas.
    • Operations Management (MHOPEMAN)
      The course covers in-depth discussion/study of specific Operations Management (OM) philosophies, concepts, trends, tools and techniques to highlight the importance of OM in a manufacturing or service organization’s pursuit of strategic goals and objectives. It focuses on strategic and tactical issues covering quality management, process management, and supply chain management.While providing students with technical and quantitative tools, it will focus more on the managerial aspect of operations, as well as on the ethical and social implications of OM decisions.
    • Human Resource Management (MBHUMRES)
      Management is generally about making other people produce the results that one desires. An organization’s human resources is therefore of paramount value, being responsible for producing the outputs and outcomes that the organization is designed to do. The course emphasizes the need for the alignment of human resource management policies, practices, and programs with the goals, strategies, and values of the organization. It presents tools for enabling the learner to understand the most vital resource of the organization-its people.It provides a fresh perspective on the role of Human Resource Management and the function of the Human Resource Management Officer as an agent of change, in partnership with top management. The course describes how, together, they can build one of the most critical sources of sustainable competitive advantage-an organization whose design, culture, and people are aligned with strategy and values.

      It addresses the need for functional, if not high performing human resource management systems, such as recruitment and selection, induction, compensation and benefits, performance management, rewards and incentives, learning and development, retention, and work-force relationships from a strategic perspective. A discussion on the need to build a culture that will encourage high levels of productivity is also included.

  3. Electives
    • Health Informatics (MBHINFO)
      The course will provide students concepts and tools in managing technology in health. The management of information has become a key competitive advantage among healthcare enterprises. New technologies such as the Internet and mobile have given rise to new channels of delivery.In comparison to other health informatics courses, this course was developed particularly with a management perspective. This course will provide an overview of health informatics, public health informatics. Key concepts in hospital information systems such as electronic health records and clinical decision support will also discussed.
    • Entrepreneurship (MBENTREP)
      Entrepreneurship has traditionally been understood as simply starting up a new business outside of the corporate setting. The course addresses the problem that a start-up entrepreneur faces – having a business just like a hundred other businesses that are competing for a shrinking market. At the same time, the heads of big businesses, awash with cash and basking in past success think nothing can go wrong with a new venture, become lax, only to find their sales and cash flow diminishing.The course focuses not only on new businesses, but also on existing businesses that are faced with a changing or changed environment where industries change, customer needs and demands change, and the tide of the economy can also turn against the business. The entrepreneur must know how to rejuvenate products, processes, markets, and the way one does business.
  4. Integrating Course
    • Strategic Management (MBSTRAMA)
      The course serves as the capstone course for the MBA program. It aims to enable the learners develop and implement strategic cross-functional decisions towards the attainment of their organizations’ vision, mission and objectives using strategic management principles and integrating knowledge and skills acquired by the learners from the other MBA courses.The learners will apply the strategic management process consisting of strategy formulation, strategy implementation and strategy evaluation, as well as the various analytical frameworks and strategy formulation tools that can aid them in strategic decision making. Through this course, the learners’ strategic thinking capability is expected to be strengthened as they are made to critically analyze and integrate information about their companies’ external and internal environment in the local and global context, and to use this in formulating and implementing innovative strategies that can help their companies build a sustainable competitive advantage. The learners will likewise be made to understand the different strategy choices and to evaluate strategic management issues and concepts that are important to managing in today’s global environment. This course also aims to promote among its learners ethical business decisions, the practice of corporate social responsibility and making a contribution towards nation building.

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Contact Details
  • Director: Ayedee Ace M. Domingo, II, MD, MBA
    (8899.7691 – 96 loc. 2209)
    aadomingo@ateneo.edu
  • Contact Person: Andrew Ferrer
    (8899.4589, 8899.7691 -96 loc. 2211)
    aferrer@ateneo.edu

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About

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The ME program, originally referred to as Mastering Entrepreneurship for Nation Building, takes off from where the traditional business learning systems end to fill the entrepreneur’s specific needs. It digresses from the standard functional course content and methodologies and is geared towards honing the entrepreneurial personality. It is a seamless education – the workplace as classroom – where learning is real time. The program is designed as a course in creative leadership, with the objective of assisting the entrepreneur in developing his enterprise to optimum levels of productivity, profitability and professionalism. It also aims to guide the student-entrepreneur through a personal transformation and paradigm shift that will lead him/her to deeper sense of moral and social commitment.

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Learning Methodology/Delivery

The Mentoring Approach
The program adopts the guru approach, patterned after the Indian educational (mentor) system and the European guild system. Each student-entrepreneur is assigned to a primary guru who will guide them during the 18-month program. In this set-up, the gurus will direct, critique, mentor, and motivate the student-entrepreneurs in developing their businesses. The guru is complemented by Teaching Associates and AGSB faculty, whose task is to assist the student-entrepreneurs in the technical application of the tools learned in the classroom to the student-entrepreneurs’ businesses as well as guidance in the writing of their reports. The entrepreneurial development process adopts a ladder structure in which the apprentice gradually learns the craft of the master by seeing, listening, thinking, asking and doing. Eventually, the student-entrepreneurs rise to the status of the master.

Class Schedule
A school-year calendar is provided to all ME student-entrepreneurs upon enrollment to enable them to plan their other activities during their studies. Classes normally begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. Classes are held daily from Monday to Thursday for the first five (5) weeks. It is followed by a total of 31 weekends of 4 to 6 class days a month held every other week. Each class day consists of 5 major sessions for a total of 480 sessions spread over 18 months.

 

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The ME Program Design and Learning Objectives

The ME Program is composed of THREE BUILDING BLOCKS and FIVE LEARNING DOMAINS. Modules 1 to 3 have a duration of approximately six months each with a predominant theme for each module:

Module 1: Preparing for Entrepreneurship and Self-Enhancement

This module is the foundation that provides participants the basics of entrepreneuring, management and strategic planning in tandem with the essential Self-Mastery skills of Learning to Think and Learning to Intuit. At the end of Module 1, the student-entrepreneurs are required to pull their findings, analyses and conclusions together for their study of the external environment in the business plan.

Module 2: Creating and Running the Enterprise and Self-Engagement

The action-implementation thrust of Module 2 develops the most appropriate and relevant personal skills such as Learning to Do, Learning to Feel, and Learning to Communicate. The student-entrepreneur is introduced to new product development and evaluating new businesses. The module concentrates on strategy implementation and on all basic and advanced management courses such as Marketing, Operations, Human Resource Management and Managing Costs and Profits. At the end of Module 2, the student-entrepreneurs must be ready to consolidate their research, findings, analyses and conclusions for their comprehensive Internal Assessment (IA) of their enterprises using the ten levels of IA.

Module 3: Growing the Enterprise and Self-Enlightenment

Module 3 brings the student-entrepreneurs to the higher plane of entrepreneurship, one that breaks new ground and shifts paradigms, one that masterfully turns around enterprises on the decline, and one that grows businesses by leaps and bounds. The module challenges the entrepreneur to assume the role of an enlightened leader armed with the convergence of the six self-mastery skills otherwise known as the Learning to Be series. It also integrates the entire strategizing process by completing the research, planning, programming, and implementing sequence. Finally, the student-entrepreneurs are expected to submit their completed five-year business plans.

Each module is further dissected into five learning domains. The domains are the five thematic pillars of the ME course. These are the:

  • Entrepreneuring Domain
  • Self-Mastery Domain
  • Functional Management Domain
  • Strategic Planning and Management Domain
  • Business Plan Domain

These domains will be strategically sequenced within each module, as their various topics and sub-topics become prequels to the preparation of the module’s integrative work, which is, the submission of components of and the whole Business Plan.

 

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Evaluation of Student Performance

A no exam, non-quiz program. The performance of each ME student-entrepreneur is evaluated every module by a panel consisting of of two ACE Gurus and Ateneo GSB panelist. The deliberation is conducted in the presence of the AGSB ME Program Director and the ME Program Manager.

Submission of reports and conduct of defense
Student-entrepreneurs are expected to submit quality and comprehensive reports at the end of every module (Module1: EA, VMOKRAPI; Module 2: IA, SPATRES, SWOT; Module 3: Business Plan). The student-entrepreneur shall defend these reports in front of a panel composed of his/her primary guru, secondary guru and AGSB faculty.

The modular reports should contain the following minimum requirements:

Module 1: EA, VMOKRAPI
The purpose of the first module ME submission is to:

  1. Situate the enterprise in its proper environmental setting (what business are you in and what is the relevant macro-environment, industry and market of your business?)
  2. Analyze the past trends in that environmental setting and project the most likely scenario in the next five years. (Remember, a Business plan is primarily what you want to do in the future). The analysis of the past just helps understand the critical variables that have largely affected a business in the past. Determine whether they are the same critical variables most likely to affect the business in the future.
  3. Base on the reading of the environment for the future, what are the most attractive opportunities (among many) worth pursuing by the enterprise?

Having seen the past and divined the future, what are the Vision, Mission, Objectives, Key Result Areas, and Performance Indicators for the next five years? Are they going to be excitingly different from the present? Is there a paradigm shift?

The report should follow the following process:

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Module 2: IA, SPATRES, SWOT
The purpose of the second module ME submission is to:

  1. Evaluate the enterprise using the 10 levels of internal assessment and how these affects Marketing, Operations, Human Resource Management and Managing Costs and Profits. It should contain all the research, analysis, findings, conclusions and recommendations made by the student-entrepreneurs in the course of their work for both the first and second modules.
  2. Provide additional insight into the value of their products and their business.
  3. Demonstrate the ability of the student-entrepreneur to implement to actualize concepts or business models. New product or service development should be clearly defined and translated to commercial processes.
  4. Provide the student-entrepreneurs the major Strengths (S), Weaknesses (W), Opportunities (O) and Threats (T) necessary to construct the SWOT matrix. The SWOT Analysis should, in turn, allow the student-entrepreneurs to generate Strategic Options that are intended to meet the enterprise goals.

Module 3: Business Plans

The purpose of the third module ME submission is to:

  1. Bring the student-entrepreneurs to the higher plane of entrepreneurship, one that breaks new ground and shifts paradigms, one that masterfully turns around enterprises on the decline, and one that grows businesses by leaps and bounds.
  2. Integrate the entire strategizing process by completing the research, planning, programming and implementing sequence. The student-entrepreneur should be able to synthesize in the sessions on Planning the Enterprise and Establishing the Enterprise.
  3. Outline how the enterprise can manage change, innovations or turnarounds into actionable programs and allocation of resources. The business plan is completed with an analysis of the student-entrepreneur’s historical financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, and cashflow), their financial projections.

 

Rating of modular reports
The gurus may rate the business plans as follows:

  • Clean pass – Rating given to the student-entrepreneur who submitted an acceptable five-year business plan and is allowed to do the recital and graduate with the batch;
  • Not acceptable
    • With Minor/Major revisions:
      • Student-entrepreneur submits revised copy to the guru within the submission period as stated in the memorandum to qualify for the recital and graduate with the batch;
    • Failed
      • The revised business plan was found to be still unacceptable even if it was revised and submitted within the submission period;
      • Furthermore, the student-entrepreneur has been assessed to be unfit or unqualified to continue with the program due to unacceptable class participation and inability to show application of skills learned.
      • When a student-entrepreneur receives this rating, he/she is considered failed from the module and as such will have to repeat the entire module in order to continue with the program. The student-entrepreneur will have to re-enroll in the said module.

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CME and ME

AGSB-ACE will grant the degree of Master in Entrepreneurship to student-entrepreneurs who:

  1. have obtained a college degree
  2. have taken an EQ/Personality Exam and Enneagram for entrepreneurial profiling
  3. have completed the academic and attendance requirements of the program

AGSB-ACE will grant the title Certified Master Entrepreneur to student-entrepreneurs who:

  1. were unable to finish college but have obtained at least 120 credited units and exceptional entrepreneurial/ business experience
  2. have taken an EQ/Personality Exam and Enneagram for entrepreneurial profiling
  3. have completed the academic and attendance requirements of the program

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Admission Requirements

Only complete applications are processed for assessment. An application is deemed complete only if the following are met:
1. Completion of online application form
2. Interview with the Guru and submission of initial requirements
3. Entrance examination
4. Submission of supporting documents

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Step 1: Fill-out and submit the Online Application Form
Download and fill-out the ME pre-qualification application form and submit to entrep.gsb@ateneo.edu. Please answer all areas of the form carefully as this would be a crucial part of your pre-assessment and interview with the Guru.

Step 2: Interview with the Guru and Initial Requirements
Upon submission of the online application form, you will be advised by the ME Office regarding your scheduled interview with the Guru. Prepare the following initial requirements and bring the documents on the day of your interview:

Documents Required Remarks
1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume Concise document summarizing your accomplishments including work and educational background, skills, etc.
2. Business Profile Company brochure or 1-page description about the company
3. DTI/SEC Registration Government documents proving that the business is registered in the Philippines
4. Latest Financial Statement Audited financial statement of your company
5. One 1×1 and 2×2 pictures In red background and must be recently taken and with good quality

Step 3: Entrance Examination

After being interviewed by the guru and getting the result from the ME Office, you can already proceed to schedule you entrance exam and pay the exam fee.
You will receive the result of your entrance exam within 5 days and the ME Office will notify you of the process in enrolling to the program.

Step 4: Submission of Supporting Documents and Enrollment

Upon receiving the result of your entrance exam, ME will notify you by email regarding the status of your application and process for enrollment. You would need to submit the following documents prior to enrolment:

Documents Required Remarks
1. Transcript of Record Copy for “ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY”
2. NSO Birth Certificate Must be original or certified true copy
3. NSO Marriage Certificate Must be original or certified true copy
4. Passport and Visa issued by the Bureau of Immigration (For Foreign Applicants) Present copies of passport page details (with stamp, if applicable) and visa
5. Transfer of Credentials Request for TOC form from ME Office or AGSB Registrar, to be submitted to the last school you attended

After submitting all the requirements, you will be advised to make the payment at the Cashier’s Office of Ateneo Professional Schools Building.

Cash payment P425,000
Installment basis P144,000 downpayment
P18,000 – 17 PDCs issued every 1st of the month (refer to attached SOA)
Total fees: P450,000

  • Cheque should be made payable to ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY.
  • Proceed to Room 406, Ateneo ME Office, Ateneo Professional Schools Building, 20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City with your payment and postdated cheques and look for Ms Ma-ann Castro for proper notation.
  • Present Letter of Acceptance and Statement of Account at the Ateneo Rockwell Campus Cashier Office located at the ground floor. The cashier office is open Mondays – Fridays, 12:00nn – 5:00pm and Saturdays, 10:00am – 2:00pm.

*Course fee (P5,000) for One Day with ME Seminar attendees will be deducted from the program fees.
*Additional foreign fee is required from foreign students applying in the program.

Step 5: Orientation and Enneagram Test
Before the official start of class, you will be required to attend the ME Orientation and Enneagram Test. The Enneagram Test is a type of EQ exam and personality profile. The ME Orientation is a pre-requisite for graduation.

 

 

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ACADEMIC CALENDAR

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Contact Details

Office Hours

Mondays – Saturdays (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

Room 406, Ateneo Professional Schools Building,
20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City 1200

Program Director: Prof. Ramon C. Jocson

Contact Person: Ms. Regina Bernardo or Ms. Precy Villena

 

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The Ateneo ME Experience

Testimonials

  1. Entrepreneurship is a way of life. It is an enabler to express your passion, your beliefs and your purpose in life.
    – Erica Sy (Van Hawk Paper)
  2. Use logic. Use intuition. Break existing paradigms. Measure and improve and don’t be just be better, BE DIFFERENT.
    – Fides Ganzon-Ofrecio (Bangko Kabayan, Inc)
  3. ME reinforced my passion, developed my skills, and subtantiated my relevance as an entrepreneur.
    – Michael L. Malixi (Conpac Agro Enterprises, Inc.)
  4. The road to being good and being great are not the same. To be good, you just have to become better but to become great, you have to become DIFFERENT. The only way to change the rules of the game is if you know them. Then it’s up to us to create the difference.
    – Arch. Ria Garcia-Malig

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Entrance Examination Schedule

The Entrance Examination is usually scheduled twice a month all year round.  The Applicant may select a schedule of exam from the AGSB Website.

On the day of the examination, the applicant must present the Entrance Examination Permit issued by the Office of the Registrar before being allowed to take the Entrance Examination. The Permit must have a recent photograph of the applicant attached to it. To maintain ther integrity of the examination, this procedure is followed strictly and the Exam Proctor is instructed to disallow applicants who do not follow this rule from taking the examination.

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Academic Calendar and Holidays

The academic calendar of AGSB generally follows the University academic calendar.

The School observes all national holidays, school holidays, and special holidays declared by the government. These holidays are already factored into the academic calendar.

When a special holiday is declared by the government or force majeure requires suspension of classes, it is the policy of the School to make up for the sessions lost on account of these declarations. The Registrar issues guidelines on the schedule of make-up classes for those affected by the declarations.

If a faculty member foresees his/her absence for a particular session, it is his/her responsibility to inform the Cluster Chair so that a faculty member from the same cluster can take over the session, thus avoiding the need for a make-up session.

Trimester and Term Schedules

The MBA Standard and Middle Manager Programs require fifteen (15) weeks of sessions per trimester, with each session lasting three (3) hours.

The MBA-Health requires fourteen (14) weeks of sessions per trimester, with each session lasting three (3) hours.

The Ateneo-Regis program requires eight (8) weeks of sessions per term, with each session lasting four (4) hours.

Course Sequences

MBA STANDARD PROGRAM
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MBA MIDDLE MANAGER PROGRAM
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ATENEO – REGIS MBA PROGRAM
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MBA in HEALTH PROGRAM
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Program Requirements

The curricula of the various MBA programs require the completion of prerequisite courses, foundation courses, core courses, and integrating courses, including electives.

The final requirement for the MBA degree conferment is the completion and defense before a duly constituted faculty panel of the student’s Strategic Management Paper, which he/she completed during the course.

Prerequisite Courses of the MBA Standard Program and Validating Examinations

The prerequisite courses for the MBA Standard Program are Business Communication (BUSCOM), Financial Accounting (FINACC), Managerial Statistics (MASTAT), Applied Mathematics (APMATH), and Methods of Research (METRES).

Units earned in an undergraduate degree program may generally not be used to satisfy the course requirements of the MBA programs. However, under certain conditions to be evaluated by the Student Admission Committee, certain undergraduate courses may be substituted for the prerequisite subjects of the MBA Standard Program only, provided that the student passes the validating examination to be given for the prerequisite subject.

Substitution of core subjects by units earned in an undergraduate degree is not allowed.

Validating examinations for prerequisite courses of the MBA Standard Program are given at the start of each trimester. By passing these validating examinations, the student is exempt from these courses and may proceed to the program proper. Inquiries on schedules may be made at the Office of the Registrar.

In the Middle Manager, Ateneo-Regis, and MBA-Health programs, no validating examinations are allowe

Transfer of Credits
  1. Intra-University

    AGSB grants advanced credit units for courses already taken by the students in any of the University’s graduate programs, subject to the evaluation and approval of the Dean/Program Director.

    The number of units to be credited will vary according to the degree taken and courses completed, the professional experience of the student, and the extent of the correspondence and equivalency of the courses taken with those of the MBA program.

    The procedure for credit transfer is as follows:

    • The student applying for the desired program consults with the Dean.
    • The Dean reviews the application and transcript of records, including the qualifications of the student.
    • The Dean approves the number of units for credit transfer and advises the student on the required subjects to be taken in order to complete the desired program.
  2. Continuing Education Program (CCE)
    • Rationale

      The Ateneo Center for Continuing Education (CCE) supplements and complements the AGSB MBA program offerings through certain courses that can be credited as MBA electives.

    • General Guidelines for CCE Course Credits as MBA Electives:
      • Registered MBA Standard, Middle Managers, Regis, and MBA Health students who would like to have CCE courses credited towards their MBA must write a letter of intent addressed to CCE’s Executive Director subject to CCE’s approval.
      • Ateneo CCE shall submit a list of course offerings (at least one CCE course per term/trimester) to the Registrar’s Office one week prior to enrollment of MBA Standard, Middle Managers, Regis, and MBA Health programs. Selected CCE programs will be uploaded at the appropriate time.
      • Along with the course offerings per term/trimester, CCE shall provide the Registrar’s Office with the list of students per course, which the Registrar in turn shall pre-enlist into the system.
      • Ateneo CCE shall determine the number of elective units based on the training hours of the chosen CCE course for MBA elective credits.
      • MBA students should render the minimum training hours and fulfill the course requirements. Failure to comply with attendance AND course requirements will incur an incomplete (INC) grade. Make-up and deferment policy of CCE shall apply.

      The following CCE courses below will be open for MBA credit:

      1. Certification
        Course Code Course Training Days Number of Units
        SIGMABLACK Six Sigma Black Belt Certification 16 6
        SIGMAGREEN Six Sigma Green Belt Certification 6 3
      2. Diploma
        Course Code Course Training Days Number of Units
        DIPFIN Diploma Program in Corporate Finance 25 6
        DIPMARK Marketing Diploma Program 20 6
        DIPLEADER Leadership & Management Development Program 22 6
        DIPROJMA Diploma in Applied Project Management 20 6
        DIPLOGMA Diploma in Strategic Execution for Logistics Management 20 6

      Grades for the chosen CCE courses will be uploaded in the AGSB website at least one week after the registered term ends. Ateneo CCE will upload the final grade upon completion. Ateneo CCE shall not consider appeal for grade adjustments. Uploaded grade for MBA students are final.

      Full payment to CCE courses is a requirement before release of the grade. No payment means no grade.

  3. Inter-University

    A maximum of twelve (12) course units earned from graduate programs from other universities may be validated towards the AGSB MBA programs, subject to the approval of the Dean/Program Director. The courses should have been taken no more than five (5) years ago, and the student should have obtained at least an above average grade in each of the courses. The Strategic Management class must be taken at the AGSB.

    Students must apply in writing for the credit of subjects taken in another university and present a certified official transcript of records, as well as course descriptions of the subjects sought to be credited.

Subject Loads

The recommended subject loads per trimester/term are:

  1. MBA Standard Program – Three (3) subjects
  2. MBA Middle Manager Program – Two (2) subjects
  3. Ateneo-Regis MBA Program – One (1) subject
  4. MBA in Health Program – Two (2) subjects

Students may take more than the recommended load subject to the approval of the Dean/Program Director.

Change of Courses or Load

Change of courses or load for the MBA Standard, Middle Manager, and MBA-Health programs is allowed only within the first two (2) weeks of classes and is subject to the approval of the Registrar.

Change of courses or load for the MBA Ateneo-Regis Program is allowed only within the first week of classes.

A processing fee is charged for change of subjects or load.

The following procedure for change of courses or load is implemented:

  1. The student fills out the Change Schedule Form obtained from the Office of the Registrar.
  2. The student secures his/her professors’ signed endorsement on the Change Schedule Form before submission to the Office of the Registrar.
  3. The Registrar approves the change if it is found to be in order.
  4. The student pays the processing fee at the Cashier.
  5. The student presents a copy of the form with Cashier’s notation to the Office of the Registrar.
  6. The Office of the Registrar records the change in the student records.
Official Class Lists

Official class lists are issued to the faculty members as records of those officially enrolled in the class. Only students officially enrolled in classes are allowed to participate in, fulfill requirements of, and receive credit for said classes. Students will not earn any credit for attending a class in which he/she is not officially listed, and the student may be subject to disciplinary action.

Students who are officially enrolled in the School are bona fide students, and may not be unilaterally or arbitrarily excluded from the class without due process. Faculty members are not authorized to exclude students from their official lists even if such students are allegedly violating class decorum or administrative or academic policies.

Class Attendance

Students are expected to be present and on time for all their classes including online sessions. They are allowed a maximum of three (3) absences from a class for the Standard, Middle Manager, and MBA-Health programs. Only one (1) absence is allowed for the Ateneo-Regis Program.

Students who exceed the limit of allowed absences will be given a grade of UW (unofficial withdrawal), which is equivalent to a failing mark of 1.0. However, should they have a valid reason for exceeding the maximum number of allowable absences (e.g. prolonged sickness or unforeseen out-of-town or out-of-country work assignments), they may request to receive a grade of W (withdrawal with permission) instead of UW, with the approval of the Cluster Head upon the endorsement of the faculty member.

In such cases, students must write a letter of appeal to the faculty member detailing the situation. If their absences are due to a health issue, a medical certificate must be attached to the letter of appeal. If they are due to a temporary work assignment, a letter from the supervisor attesting to such assignment must be attached to the letter of appeal.

Withdrawal or Change of Status

Students are deemed enrolled for the entire trimester or term and as such are not permitted to withdraw from the course or change to audit status without prior approval of the Registrar.

  1. Policies
    • Withdrawal or change to audit status is permitted up to the seventh week of the trimester for the MBA Standard, Middle Manager, and MBA-Health programs, subject to the approval of the Registrar.
    • Withdrawal or change of status to audit is permitted up to the fourth week for the Ateneo-Regis program.

    If the student files an official intent of withdrawal by completing the required form, he/she will not be given credit for the class, and a mark of “W” (officially withdrawn) will be given and entered into the transcript of records.

    If the student does not file an official withdrawal and drops the subjects without notice and approval, the student shall be given a mark of “UW” (unofficial withdrawal). A UW is equivalent to a failing mark of 1.0 and is entered into the transcript of records.

  2. Procedure

    The following procedure is followed for withdrawal or change of status to audit:

    • The student fills out the Withdrawal and Change Status Form available at the Registrar.
    • The student secures endorsement from his/her professor and submits the form to the Office of the Registrar.
    • The Registrar approves the withdrawals or change of status based on meritorious grounds. Where withdrawals allow refunds or tuition deferments, the Registrar notes it on the form.
    • The student pays the processing fee to the Cashier.
    • The Office of the Registrar then enters the withdrawal or change of status in the student records.
Tuition Refund for Approved Withdrawals
  1. Tuition refunds are allowed for approval withdrawals as follows:
    • MBA Standard, Middle Manager, and MBA-Health Programs:
      • Ninety per cent (90%) of the tuition fee will be refunded if withdrawal is made within the first week of classes.
      • Eighty per cent (80%) of the tuition fee will be refunded if withdrawal is made within the second week of classes.
      • No refund is given for withdrawal after the first two (2) weeks of classes.
    • Ateneo-Regis MBA Program:
      • Eighty per cent (80%) of the tuition fee will be refunded if withdrawal is made within the first week of classes.
      • No refund is given for withdrawals after the first week of classes.
  2. Students entitled to refunds may opt to apply them as partial payment of tuition fees for the immediate succeeding trimester or term. In such cases, the Office of Student Accounts will recognize refunds as advance tuition fees. Should students fail to return for the following trimester or term for no justifiable reason and without informing the Office of the Registrar, the option shall lapse, and the advance tuition fee shall be forfeited.
  3. Students who opt for change to audit status are not entitled to tuition refunds. They have the right, but not the obligation, to attend classes and are not given grades nor credit units.
Tenure of Completion and Leave of Absence

The MBA programs are designed for completion within one and a half (1½) years for the Accelerated MBA Ateneo-Regis Program and two (2) to three (3) years for the MBA Standard, Middle Manager, and MBA-Health Programs.

The MBA programs must be completed within five (5) years from the time the student begins the program.

In case of work exigencies, health concerns, or other unforeseen circumstances, the student may file an official leave of absence from the MBA program. The student may accumulate a maximum of two (2) years of leaves of absence.

The following procedure for taking the official leaves shall be followed:

  1. The student writes to the Registrar of his/her intention to go on official leave citing the reasons and the expected duration of his/her absence.
  2. The Registrar reviews and approves the official leave of absence and puts it on record.

Leaves of absence from the MBA program shall not be counted in reckoning the five (5) year tenure for completing the program.

Returning Students
  1. Policy
    Because of the nature and work responsibilities of the workplace-based student, it is possible that he/she cannot complete the requirements of the programs within five (5) years. To assist the student complete the degree, an assessment and re-accreditation process is carried out by the Registrar within the framework of the curriculum in place upon the student’s return.
  2. Process of Appeal and Re-accreditation
    The returning student submits a letter of appeal to the Dean expressing his/her desire to complete the requirements of the program. He/she must also submit the following documents:

    • An updated professional resume detailing his/her career progress since leaving the MBA program and the training and development seminars that he/she had since attended
    • Any transcript of records of academic achievement from another school he/she may have attended since leaving the AGSB program
  3. Requirements for Completion of a Program by a Returning Student
    • If the appellant has completed all the academic requirements excluding the Strategic Management (STRAMA) course and has been away from the school for no more than six (6) years, he/she must enroll in STRAMA, write the paper, obtain a grade, and successfully defended the paper within one (1) trimester.
    • If the appellant has completed all the academic requirements excluding STRAMA and has been away from the school for more than six (6) years but less than ten (10) years, he/she must again enroll in the functional core courses and STRAMA for a total of at least fifteen (15) units and complete the requirements within three (3) consecutive trimester or terms, at the discretion of the Dean.
    • If the appellant has completed all the academic requirements excluding STRAMA and has been away for more than ten (10) years, he/she must again enroll in the functional core courses, STRAMA, and electives for a total of at least eighteen (18) units and complete the requirements within three (3) consecutive trimester or terms, at the discretion of the Dean.
    • d. All other appeals to complete the MBA program outside of the scope of the aforementioned conditions will be evaluated and decided upon by the Dean.
What are the differences between the MBA Standard, the MBA Middle Managers, and the Ateneo-Regis MBA?

“MBA” “Standard” caters to young professionals, who have at least two years working experience, and who want to improve their managerial and leadership skills. It is student-paced in terms of loading of subjects. One can finish program in one and one half (1 1/2) to three (3) years depending on loads every trimester.

MBA Middle Managers is for middle managers who are trained to become more integrated in their leadership and managerial skills to help them assume key senior and CEO roles in the future. The program content is different as it requires more practicum and applied projects. It is completed in two (2) years.

Ateneo-Regis MBA caters to managers, supervisors and those with work experience for at least (5) five years and who can carry courses in an accelerated, intensive and hands-on fashion. It can be completed in one year & one term. The program uses a highly interactive methodology and allows students to interact with students taking a similar course in the partner school abroad. This in effect, makes the program of international standing.

How are the fees for each program different?

Each program has a total fee that is charged per subject every trimester. Click here (http://gsb.ateneo.edu/admission/schedule-of-fees/) for the Schedule of Fees.

Description

Research Grant Study

AGSB’s Research Grants will be awarded to faculty wanting to engage in scholarly inquiry as a means of supporting the generation of intellectual contributions across the three types of research. The Research Grants Program has three components, namely financial support, technical assistance (in the form of mentoring), and a fellowship grant (to be granted on a case-by-case basis). The nature of the research grant application will determine the applicable components. The AGSB Research Grants is administered by the Research Review Committee based on a set of guidelines.

Research Projects

Four research projects have been approved under the Research Grants Programs.

AGSB Journal of Business Management and Entrepreneurship

The AGSB Journal of Management Practice and Entrepreneurship is a multidisciplinary publication that seeks to promote knowledge and better understanding of the disciplines and practice of business management and entrepreneurship. It seeks to advance research and scholarly inquiry to help bring concepts closer to practice, validate concepts in different contexts, and engage more fully in the debate about the effectiveness of certain approaches to problems and issues in the workplace. Articles that address management issues in the context of fostering societal values and business and economic and social responsibility are given particular focus. The Journal is targeted at business managers and practitioners, entrepreneurs, academics, and researchers. The Journal is published once a year, during the third quarter, by the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

AGSB Occasional Paper Series (OPS)

The Occasional Paper Series (OPS) is a regular publication of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) intended for the purpose of disseminating the views of its faculty considered to be of value to the discipline, practice and teaching of management and entrepreneurship. The OPS includes papers and analyses developed as part of a research project, think pieces, and articles written for national and international conferences. The OPS provides a platform for faculty to contribute to the debate on current management issues that could lead to collaborative research, management innovation and improvements in business education. Contributions to the OPS may include studies that are preliminary and subject to further revisions and review. They may also include reflections, essays, methodological discourses, critiques, or analysis of management issues that are not necessarily part of a research project.

OP1: Towards a More Effective Learning of Strategic Management: How Useful are Analytical Tools? Eliseo A. Aurellado
OP2: Bank Restructuring and Rehabilitation at the Micro Level: A Theoretical Approach and Lessons from the Past Rolando N. Bayot
OP3: Data Mining in Healthcare: A Literature Survey of Current Applications and Issues Ruben D. Canlas Jr
OP4: Medicine Prices, Price Controls and the Philippine Pharmaceutical Industry Rowena Anthea Azada-Palacios,
Antonette Palma-Angeles
OP5: The Community Metaphor in ASEAN Discourse and Its Influence on Economic Integration Manuel Enverga III
OP6: The Ageing Population: Societal Response and Their Implications to Business and Industry in Selected ASEAN Countries Johanna Solon Banzon,
Eduardo Pedria Banzon,
Joan Rapsing Villas
OP7: Assessing the Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information in the Philippines:Informing the Philippine Compliance to the Expanded Trade of Healthcare Services in ASEAN Eduardo Pedria Banzon,
Juan Carlos A. Amores
OP8 Developing Cross Cultural Competence in Adult Learning in the ASEAN Context Atanacio Panahon II
OP9 What Drives Hospitals to Expand? A Case of Private Hospitals in Palawan, Philippines Valerie Gilbert T. Ulep
OP10: The Greening of the Project Management Cycle in the Construction Industry Eliseo A. Aurellado
OP11: Measuring the Green Core Competence of the Electronics Industry Juanito S. Chan
OP12: Sustainable Tourism in a Low Carbon Economy: The Clark Freeport Zone Case Francisco L. Villanueva, Jr.
OP13: Understanding the Filipino Green Consumer: An Exploratory Study Rizalito L. Gregorio
OP14: Case Studies on Health Care Waste Management Practices of Selected Public and Private Hospitals in Metro Manila Enrico C. Mina
AGSB Special Studies
  • ISO 9001.2000 as Change Strategy

    Eliseo A. Aurellado

    Abstract
    Total Quality Management (TQM) and International Standards Organization (ISO) are the two most commonly-adopted quality management systems (QMSs). These systems reflect a strategy of pursuing a quality objective that benefits the customer using methods that are people and process-oriented. In the implementation of such a strategy, certain changes are expected to happen. The need to manage these changes effectively becomes a major organizational concern. This paper examines the ISO system as an appropriate change strategy to improve organizational effectiveness. Considering the contradictory outcomes companies experience after they have adopted QMS, this paper seeks to determine whether ISO would produce the results that it promises; and validates whether the beneficial effects are a consequence of ISO having latent organizational development (OD) characteristics.

  • Culture, Corruption, and the Prospects for Change: A Statistical Study

    Joseph I. B. Gonzales

    Abstract
    Corruption, linked theoretically and empirically to low levels of democracy and governance, and to economic underdevelopment, has been identified by leading international institutions as one of the principal, if not the foremost, economic problems of the Philippines. High levels of corruption in the Philippines have also been attributed to cultural factors. Using the World Values Survey (WVS) two-factor cultural construct, this study demonstrates strong associations among culture, corruption, and democracy and governance across various countries worldwide. A time series analysis forecasts gradual improvement in democracy and governance ratings and a slight decline in corruption ratings for the Philippines. The study affirms that culture is strongly related to corruption in the Philippines. While individual political events and actors directly affect the political situation, the study concludes, unfortunately, that any improvement is likely to be gradual. The relationship between culture and corruption in other countries warrants further investigation because of its implications for the case of the Philippines.

  • Accelerated Learning in Business Education

    Winifrida M. Constantino
    Ricardo R. Palo
    Yolanda P. Ibarle
    Krishna U. Reyes

    Abstract
    This study investigates the attitudes and quality of learning of students and alumni in the accelerated MBA program of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and assesses these in comparison with those in the traditional MBA program. This is of particular importance because of the intuitive notion in higher education that learning is less effective when less than the traditional amount of time is devoted to it.

    The profile of the students surveyed show that those who take the accelerated programs tend to be older and have longer work experience as compared to their counterparts from the traditional programs, consistent with the findings of similar studies involving colleges and universities in the U.S. The study indicates that, in general, the perceptions and attitudes of students and alumni in the accelerated MBA program and in the traditional MBA program are not vastly different, with both showing positive perceptions and attitudes with regard to motivation, and instruction and materials. In the case of the performance assessment of current students, which was based on summative problems and cases given at the end of the term, there is no significant difference between the mean scores of the students in the accelerated and traditional programs for two of the subjects that were selected for the study, namely, Human Resource Management and Quantitative Methods for Managers. For Strategic Management, the other subject selected for the study, the mean score of students in the accelerated program is slightly better than those in the traditional program. These findings are consistent those of previous studies done on the subject matter. In general, one could say that those taking the accelerated program are able to do just as well if not better than those taking the traditional program.

  • Initiating a Successful SME Supplier Development Program: Key Factors for a Big Enterprise Customer

    Enrico C. Mina

    Abstract
    The study measured the significant improvements that took place in 39 Toyota-nominated small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) that participated in the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) Big Enterprise-Small Enterprise Productivity Improvement Program (EBESE) Phase 3 (2008). EBESE is a Supplier Development (SD) program in which big enterprises (BEs) enrolled their Tier 1 or Tier 2 SME-suppliers. An independent consultant-expert was assigned to help each SME to make tangible housekeeping and process improvements in its pilot area. Using both quantitative and qualitative techniques, the study identified three major success factors:

    1. The practices of the BE customer that support SME-focused SD as a legitimate strategy to gain competitive advantage;
    2. The cooperation of the SME suppliers in BE-initiated SD programs in order to improve their competitiveness in terms of quality and productivity; and
    3. The services given by the support institutions (including the outsourced consultants) to the SMEs.

    The study recommends policies for BEs, SME-suppliers, and support institutions so that SD programs will have higher chances of success and sustainability in improving SME quality and productivity.

  • Factors Associated with Poverty Movement of Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation’s Clients

    Asuncion M. Sebastian

    Abstract
    Despite microfinance’s goal of moving the marginalized out of poverty, most studies neither categorize microfinance clients by poverty status nor measure their poverty movement (Maes
    & Vekaria, 2008). Available studies have shown evidence on microfinance improving the many indicators of quality of life such as income and asset, but these items do not necessarily translate to the poor’s positive poverty movement.

    This study identifies the poverty status and poverty movements of clients of Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) using the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI). The 10,650 samples were randomly selected from among the clients with 2008 PPI baseline data and were based in the six provinces where NWTF had operated the longest. The study also identifies the factors associated with their positive poverty movement. The variables tested for association were income of clients’ business location, the clients’ initial poverty index, and entrepreneurial capacity of clients, as measured by the number of their business in the base year and the change in the number of their business over a three-year period.

    Results show that continuing clients tend to experience positive change in higher-income areas, specifically in the cities. The impact of microfinance on poverty is also greater for those starting in extreme poverty than those in higher levels. Those with two or more businesses in the base year had greater tendency to achieve positive movement compared to those with only one business. Finally, sample clients that increased the number of their business became less poor.

    The study also explores the possible association of psychographics of the microfinance clients on their poverty movement.

The Blue Way Case Book
  • Blue Way : Case Studies on Leadership, Strategy, and Ethics

    Blue Way is a collection of case studies written by AGSB faculty, which explores leadership, strategy, and ethics as the strong foundation of successful business enterprise and dynamic economic development.

    This casebook contains six cases on Strategy, five on Leadership, and four on Ethics, making sure that it covered small, medium, and large institutions and represented various business enterprises, industries, and some government instrumentalities. They include: GMA 7, Soltronicz, The Medical City, the Central Bank (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), local governments of Biliran and Cebu, Sugar Regulatory Agency, Banco de Oro, Marcopper Mining, and Metro Stonerich. “Disguised” companies include: Red Crowne Cola, Tristar Feeds, Hidalgo Restaurant, Good Samaritan Community Hospital, and Venus Marketing Corporation.

  • Blue Way 2: Case Studies on Social Business Enterprises

    Mainstreaming the poor into the country’s economic system, not only as consumers, but, more importantly, as producers or partners in business, or co-creators of value, is the way to move them out of poverty. Without expanding the BOP’s purchasing power by engaging them in the process of value-creation, even if access to market were improved, selling to the BOP will not be a sustainable business model. It does not necessarily follow that the poor will climb out of poverty when they are served as a distinct consumer market. Oftentimes, the poor need partners in identifying market opportunities and seizing them. Many cases have been written about social enterprises in the Philippines, often from the development perspective; in the same way that the millions of poor that comprise the BOP are often viewed as consumers, constituting as they do, as expressed in business parlance, the C, D, and E markets.

    This casebook presents the stories of social business enterprises using a basic business or management framework. It presents their strategies and the management concerns they have had to deal with, be they in finance, operations, and/or marketing. It also illustrates how these enterprises partner with the poor at the various levels of the value chain, to enable them to create wealth, and thereby help them move out of poverty. These social business enterprises are as follows: the Negros Occidental Rehabilitation Foundation Inc. (NORFI), the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF), Rags2Riches, Hapinoy, and ECHOstore.

Proceedings
History

Ateneo Graduate School of Business Alumni Association Inc. (AGSBAAI) is a private non-stock non-profit corporation, organized, established and operated in the interest of the collective membership.

AGSBAAI came into being in 1986. The original incorporators were: Daniel Batto, Jose Dans Jr., Enrique Davila, Gary Makasiar, Delfin Mendoza, Raul Paredes, Glicerio Sicat, Luis Sison, and Josefina Tan.
The Boards of Directors elected yearly were led by the following Presidents:

2016 Cherry Joy Francisco MM '10
2015 Elias Patrick Salazar Regis '06
2014 Moises Dominic Carandang Standard '12
2012-2013 Eugene Del Rosario MM '09
2011 Edgardo Liu MM '09
2010 John Vinta Standard '99
2009 Ma. Luisa Moguel Regis '01
2007-2008 Edgardo Legaspi Standard '75
1995-2006 Eugene Mateo Standard '74
1994 Miguel Paala SEP '85
1992-1993 Gary Makasiar Standard '78
1991 Nicasio Co SEP '84
1989-1990 Zosimo Balagtas SEP '78
1987-1988 Roberto de Venecia Standard '79
1986 Daniel Batto Standard '83

Eugene Mateo held the post the longest, with most of it on a holdover capacity.

During the Grand Reunion in 1992, three outstanding AGSB alumni were honored with Excellence Awards:

Administration of Academic Institution Lydia Echauz Standard '73
Corporate Management Raul Paredes MBM '66
Public Governance Fidel Ramos SEP '80

AGSBAAI was a highly-active social organism during the first decade of its existence, serving as a magnet for enthusiastic alumni members although it went low-key during most of the next decade. Nevertheless, events were memorable:

  • Famous Inducting Officers: Fidel Ramos, Alfredo Lim
  • Formation of an AGSBAAI Scholarship Fund
  • Creation of the Online Yearbook
  • Forums that were called “Kapihan sa Blue Room”

The Alumni and Students Night held last November 24, 2006 marked not only the 40th year anniversary of AGSB but also the reactivation of AGSBAAI, largely driven by the desire of AGSB to reconnect all of its MBA graduates with the school and extend beyond its student community the AGSB value proposition that “Our Country is Our Business.”

The new AGSBAAI is different from its predecessor because:

  • All AGSB graduates automatically become members of AGSBAAI.
  • The school is now a major stakeholder in AGSBAAI.
  • AGSBAAI is now an affiliate of AAA (Ateneo Alumni Association) in Loyola.

In 2007, AGSBAAI went online via the AGSB web link for membership updates, job placements, promoting products and services under the name Blue Network, and using it to announce school-initiated forums, lectures, reflections, and projects such as the Cura Kalikasan. AGSBAAI Membership Cards were issued to paying alumni members.

  • The Year 2009 marked a number of firsts for AGSBAAI, notably:
  • The first chapter formalized with AGSB Sta Rosa graduates
  • The first Ignatius Ball for the new graduates, a tradition to be celebrated every year
  • The first Eyrie yearbook
  • The first AGSBAAI Golf Cup
  • The Visa card for AGSBAAI members

Noteworthy in 2010:

  • A new AGSBAAI Scholarship Fund was established.
  • AGSBAAI joined Facebook.
  • Distinguished alumni were honored during the Alumni Grand Reunion, namely: Fidel Ramos (SEP 80), Alfredo Bengzon (SEP 72), Lydia Echauz (Standard 73), Avelino Zapanta (MM 90), Roy Cimatu (SEP 94), Rodrigo Franco (Standard 88), and Alberto Buenviaje (Standard 1977).
  • As an AGSBAAI Honorary Member, University President Rev. Fr. Bienvenido Nebres was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
AGSBAAI Administrative Assistant Office

Lea Ramos is the new AGSBAAI Administrative Assistant. You may contact her at 425-8483. She’ll be holding office at the Student Council Room, Ground Floor, APS Building, Rockwell, on Mondays (12:00nn-7:00pm), Wednesdays (12:00nn-7:00pm), and Saturdays (9:00am-4:00pm).

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About

Blue Network is the web page used exclusively by AGSBAAI to promote products and/or services free of charge for AGSB alumni. Blue Network has two sections: Discounts & Privileges and Business Network. The Discounts and Privileges Section is for anyone (AGSB alumnus and non-alumnus) who is willing to offer discounts (or freebies) to AGSB alumni with valid AGSBAAI ID cards. The Business Network Section is for the exclusive use of AGSB alumni with valid AGSBAAI ID cards who desire to invite co-graduates for potential business ventures, product launching or simply networking of products/services. Furthermore, Blue Network proponents will be invited to set up booths at AGSBAAI-sponsored events and participate in the publication of souvenir programs.

After meeting the aforementioned qualifications, email your product/service offer to gsbaai@aps.ateneo.edu. The proposal must be brief and contains the following: identification of the proponent, description of product/service, discount (or freebie) if applicable, list of outlets where the offer is valid (if applicable), validity period of the offer, and embedded links to the proponent’s website (if any). The Benefits Committee will assess the desirability of the offer, with wholesomeness as the sole criterion, prior to posting it on the Blue Network and email blasting the same to AGSBAAI members. A non-liability clause will be strictly implemented, i.e., AGSBAAI will not be held liable in case of any untoward business outcome. Interested AGSBAAI members should contact the proponent directly and do their own research to check the validity of the proposal

Maria Victoria R. Castillo, Ph.D
Emivita S. Formoso, MABE

Emivita “Ivy” S. Formoso spent half of her working life as a Human Resources practitioner in San Miguel Corporation, NCR Corporation, Phil., Express Telecommunications Company, Intel Manufacturing, Inc., Intel Technologies, Inc. and Fuji-Xerox, Philippines, Inc.

The other half and her initial career track was along the disciplines of management information systems, finance and corporate planning in Interfarms, Inc. , MIDA Consulting Co., Philippine Ports Authority and San Miguel Corporation.

She is a product of St. Theresa’s College Manila and Maryknoll College, and earned her Masters degree in Economic Research (renamed Masters in Applied Business Economics) from the Center for Research and Communications, University of Asia and the Pacific.

The variety of industries and work experiences that she had over the years in the private and government sectors had enriched her understanding of how Human Resources can truly partner with managers and employees to ensure a meaningful and relevant delivery of Human Resources products and services. Her primary fields of expertise in Human Resources are Organization Development, Strategic HRM and Compensation, Employee Communications and Employee Relations.

Today, Ivy has her own consulting practice with engagements in various companies in the IT Industry, Health Services Industry, Hi-Tech and Electronics Industry, Consumer Products Industry, Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Academe (Ateneo de Manila University), Presidential Task Force on Education (PTFE), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Business Process Outsourcing Association, Philippines (BPAP), and Construction Industry Association.

Her consulting practice covers Human Resources services, Organization Development, Integration Programs for mergers and acquisitions, and Strategic Management consultancy projects.

Ivy is also a part-time faculty of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health teaching Strategic Management, Human Resources Management and Management Dynamics. She is also a resource speaker for workshops and seminars for various companies as well as for the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education (CCE) and the Ateneo Center for Organization Research and Development (CORD).

Carolina D. Guina, DPA
Lydia C. King, MBA, Ph.D.

Dr. Lydia C. King is formerly First Vice President for Information Technology of BANCO DE ORO UNIVERSAL BANK, the Banking arm of the SM Group of Companies, where she has served in various senior management capacities for more than 20 years. Her portfolio includes principally the organization and management of IT Groups of various banking institutions. She has pioneered in the Philippines the successful implementation of a fully distributed and integrated system for deposits and automated teller machines supported by a wide-area infrastructure. She was formerly the President of the BANKERS INSTITUTE OF THE PHILIPPINE for FY 2008-2009 which in 1987 bestowed on her the Pearl Award, the highest professional award given to a member of the Institute. In 2009, she was likewise presented the Leadership and Life Sustaining Membership Awards by the Institute.

Dr. King finished her Post Graduate Studies with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development at the SOUTHEAST ASIA INTERDISCIPLINARY DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE. She has an MBA from the ATENEO GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES.

She is currently a faculty of the ATENEO GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (AGSB) and has been teaching for more than 15 years. She teaches Information Technology, Information Security, Electronic Commerce and Management Dynamics. She was formerly Faculty Chair – Information Technology and Consultant for Online Programs of the AGSB. Currently, she is also the Department Head for Technology Management and Chief Information Officer of ENDERUN COLLEGES, INC. in Mckinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio composed of Enderun Colleges, Enderun Extension, Resto 101 and Enderun Managed Hotels.

Finally, Dr. King is a Technical Expert of the Philippine Accreditation Office of the Department of Trade and Industry for ISO 9000, the quality management standard for business efficiency and customer satisfaction and ISO 27000, the international standard for Information Security Management.

 

 

 

 

Nicolas A. Lansang, Jr., MBA

Nicolas “Nick” Agustin Lansang Jr. acquired his MBA degree at University of the Philippines – Diliman in 1998 with concentration on Marketing Management.  He is a graduate of AB-Economics at the Ateneo De Manila University in 1984.  Nick is a Certified Professional Marketer (CPM).

He has been teaching Marketing Management and Principles of Management and Management Dynamics at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business since 2008.   He also teaches Strategic Integrated Marketing Communications for MA-Communications Program at Miriam College. Nick also conducts lecture on Entrepreneurial Marketing, Service Marketing, Key Account Management, Leadership, and Bottom-Up Budgeting in seminars and companies.

Apart from teaching, he is currently fully engaged as President/CEO of Pascual Consumer Healthcare Corporation.  His other relevant work experiences include President and General Manager of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Phils.), Vice-President for Sales & Marketing at Philusa Corporation and Business Unit Director at Novartis Health Philippines.

Nick completed a CEO Development and Training program with Personnel Directory Incorporated–Hong Kong, a workshop seminar for CEOs on Effective Execution with Mercer–Tokyo, and a Mckenzie Management Consulting seminar on Powerhouse Marketing with Novartis-Seoul

Efren C. Laxamana, MD, MBA
Jovita R. Polloso, MBA
Edgar Juan Surtida III, MBA
Hilda Rita L. Teodoro, MBM
Edgar A. Zaragoza, MBMS

Ed Zaragoza had worked for 28 years in fast-moving consumer goods categories in Western Europe and Southeast Asia, with multinational companies such as Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Warner-Lambert, Clorox International and Metro Pacific before engaging in management consulting and teaching.

Among the positions he had held were:

  • President Director of Procter & Gamble Indonesia, based in Jakarta;
  • Managing Director of the Warner-Lambert Group of Companies in Thailand, consisting of Parke Davis (Thailand) Ltd., Adams (Thailand) Ltd., and Warner-Lambert Thailand Ltd., based in Bangkok.
  • Group President of the Consumer Products Group of Companies of Metro Pacific Corporation (then called Metro Drug Inc.), consisting of Metrolab Industries Inc., Holland Pacific Paper Inc. and two other companies, based in Manila.
  • Marketing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa of Wilson Sporting Goods Ltd., then a subsidiary of PepsiCo Inc., based in London.
  • Operations Director for Spain, France, Belgium and Portugal of PepsiCo Inc. in Spain, based in Madrid.

Ed has had hands-on management experience in a wide range of product categories including detergents, soft drinks, health drinks, hair care, beauty care, feminine protection, household care, confectionery, food, paper, sporting goods, OTC and prescription pharmaceuticals and others.

Ed is now a Management Consultant, specializing in Strategic Management, Marketing Management and Organization Development. His clients have included multinational and domestic companies in the fast-moving consumer goods, fast foods, consumer durables, banking, credit card, agricultural chemicals, packaging, international shipping, consumer and industrial foam products, automotive components, direct selling marketing, hotel and restaurant, office building, low-cost housing, public market and industrial laundry industries.

Ed is a Professor of Strategic Management at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Rockwell Campus, Makati City.

Joseph Ignatius B. Gonzales, Ph.D.

Joseph I. B. Gonzales finished B.A. Humanities at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. He completed his Ph.D. Communication and Rhetoric degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. He has studied marketing strategy and brand management at the Asian Institute of Management. He teaches Methods of Research in Management, and Managerial Statistics at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. As a professional communication and research consultant, he has been the writer and/or editor of over 80 articles and publications and has conducted up to 50 research projects, for academia and industry in U.S. and the Philippines. His 12 years of experience in professional research includes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed designs, in the areas of usability, marketing, and governance. He has done work for numerous multinational and Philippine corporations, such as Merck Sharp & Dohme, Nestle, C. B. Fleet International, The Medical City, Westmont, a Unilab subsidiary, and Universal Storefront Services Corporation.

Rizalito L. Gregorio, Ph.D.

Dr. Rizalito L. Gregorio is a faculty member of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business where he teaches Methods of Research as well as Marketing Management at the MBA program. He received his AB Economics degree from Ateneo de Manila University, and his Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration degrees from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Prior to teaching in Ateneo, he was an Associate Professor in the UP College of Business Administration where he taught various subjects in Marketing, Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, and Strategic Management at the Undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD programs. He then became an Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Management where he taught Marketing Management, Social Marketing, Tourism Marketing, Services Marketing, and Research Methods. He has published in various local and foreign academic journals (e.g. Philippine Management Review, Philippine Review of Economics and Business, Journal of Global Marketing) and has been a reviewer of the Philippine Journal of Science (a publication of DOST). In addition to his academic activities, he has been a consultant to various local organizations (e.g. LTO, DOTC) foreign and multilateral organizations (e.g. USTDA, CIDA, JICA, GTZ, US Embassy, World Bank) as well as a number of local and foreign private corporations.

Presentacion A. Santos, MBA
Angeline Cleofe Tria, MBA
Eliseo A. Aurellado, Ph.D.

Eliseo A. Aurellado is a CPA, management practitioner, academician and entrepreneur with more than 40 years’ experience in public accounting, controllership, general management, management consultancy services, and business practice.

He holds degrees in BBA, Accountancy, magna cum laude (University of the East), MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and PhD (Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute).

He started his career with SGV & Co., CPAS, worked with Deloitte Haskins & Sells, CPAs in New York, became First Vice President of PCIBank, President and CEO of PCIB Property Care, Inc., Audit Partner of R.S. Bernaldo & Associates (CPAs), and Audit Director of ML Aguirre & Co, CPAs. He is Vice Chairman of the Board and COO of Metro Stonerich Corporation, a Triple A ISO-certified construction company.

He is a member of CPA professional organizations such as PICPA, ACPAPP and ACPACI. He is also a member of the Professional Regulations Commission Board of Accountancy that regulates the accountancy profession and administers licensure examinations for CPAs.

He is Past President of the Rotary Club of Downtown Manila and former director of AMCI Mountaineering Club.

He teaches accounting, finance and strategic management courses.

Romeo Bachoco, MBA
Estelito C. Biacora, MBA

Mr. Estelito C. Biacora is currently Senior Vice President and Head of Private Banking at Bank of the Philippine Islands; he served as Vice President and Head of Global Markets for Financial Markets and Treasury Group. He is a member of the bank’s Finance and Risk Management Committee; and was appointed as member of the Board of Directors of BPI, International Finance Limited, Hong Kong.

He has extensive experience in both local and global investments; he served as head of the bank’s foreign currency and global fixed income trading and investments focused on U.S. Treasuries, Asia and Emerging Markets sovereign and corporate high yield and high grade bonds. He has over 20 years of treasury experience mainly in global financial markets and has spent his career on investments and portfolio management, foreign exchange trading, fixed income, derivatives and credit markets.

He had short stint with Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation and has held key positions in other distinguished banking institutions namely Far East Bank and Trust Company and Banco Santander, Philippines. He previously served as President and currently a member of the Board of Directors of ACI Philippines – The Financial Markets Association, affiliated to the Paris-based organization of global markets professionals.

He has participated in international finance conferences, seminars, including an in-depth training on treasury & markets at Development Bank of Singapore and derivatives and options pricing at J.P. Morgan, Singapore. Mr. Biacora currently serves as resource lecturer at BAP – Ateneo Institute of Banking and facilitator for investment management and financial engineering courses at Ateneo De Manila Graduate School of Business in Rockwell, Makati City. He is a Certified Treasury Professional and graduated with a B.S. Finance Degree as a scholar and Masters in Business Administration from De La Salle University.

Susana L. De Jesus, MBA

Susana L. de Jesus, CPA, MBA. She is currently employed at TNT Express Worldwide (Phils), Inc. as the Country Finance and Administration Director. She took up her Accountancy degree at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and the Master of Business Administration degree at the De La Salle University in Manila, where she is also pursuing her doctoral studies. Her field of expertise includes Strategic Planning; Corporate Governance; Legal and Corporate Affairs ; Risk Management and Internal Controls; Financial Planning, Management and Controllership; Taxation; Transfer Pricing; Labor Union Negotiations; IT Management; General Services and Procurement. She has been teaching Financial Accounting at the Ateneo de Manila University since 2009. She is a member of various organizations like Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Makati Business Club, and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.

Maria Diana D. Dela Vega, Ph.D.
Larry S. Esguerra, IV, MBA

Mr. LARRY S. ESGUERRA IV is the Director for Credit Programs at the Ateneo-BAP Institute of Banking, the Program Director for Accounting and Finance at the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education and a Professor of Finance at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He is also Chief Financial Officer of a multinational construction and engineering firm and a diversified group of companies.

Mr. ESGUERRA has spent the greater part of his professional career in the financial services industry in the United States. Prior to his return to the Philippines, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Bay Federal Credit Union, a California-based, federally chartered credit union servicing the financial needs of military personnel and federal employees of the United States government. He also served as Vice President and Controller of Franklin Bank in Menlo Park, California, Associate Director of Capital Strategies Limited, a Hong Kong-based investment banking firm, and Resident Auditor of Citibank, N.A. in the Philippines.

Mr. ESGUERRA holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of the Philippines and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Carmencita O. Garcia, MBA

Carmencita O. Garcia finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration as Summa Cum Laude at the University of the East, and her Masteral Degree at the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business. She is also a placer, ranking 12th in the National Examination for Certified Public Accountancy. She started her career at SGV & Co. Since then, she has held several high positions in the field of Finance in known private and multinational companies. She is the founder and presently managing partner of Carmencita O. Garcia and Partners CPAs. After completing her masteral degree, she became a part-time professor of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business handling Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Management Research and Writing, Industrial Cost Control and Budgeting, Controllership and MIS subjects. She was past president of the Institute of Internal Auditors and member of PICPA and FINEX.

Venus C. Ibarra, DBA

Dr. Venus C. Ibarra finished her Doctorate in Business Administration at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Dr. Ibarra was the Chief, Medical Administration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair for 29 years. . She taught in University of Guam and University of Detroit Mercy. She joined Ateneo de Manila University in 1996. She was the Finance and Accounting Chair for 9 years at John Gokongwei School of Management She authors three accounting workbooks. Currently, she handles Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting and Financial Management at AGSB. Dr. Ibarra published 10 articles in international journals: International Journal of Accounting and Taxation, International Journal of Management and Marketing Research (IJMMR), Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing, Integrated Business and Economics Research (RIBER, Journal of International Business Research (JIBR).

Emilia S. Laquindanum, MBA
Liberato A. Reyes

Dr. Liberato A. Reyes is a professor of finance subjects both Graduate Business Programs of the University of San Carlos and Ateneo de Manila University. He received his BS degree at the University of San Carlos, MBA degree from De La Salle University & Southwestern University and Doctor in Management from University of the Visayas where he graduated as a Dean’s Awardee and Best in Oral Revalida with a grade of 95%. He is a PRC licensed Real Estate Broker. He teaches Financial Management, Capital Market, Public Finance, Security Valuation & Analysis, Investment and Portfolio Analysis and Monetary & Central Banking.

He worked with PILIPINAS SHELL PETROLEUM CORP., a petroleum multi-national company for 29 years from 1981-2009. His last position held was Finance Senior Executive for Commercial Fuels for Visayas and Mindanao. He is involved with GSAP, GSOM, SOX and Streamline projects of the company. He served the company as a consultant after his retirement.

He is a Certified Securities Specialist conducted by Philippine Stock Exchange and graduated VALEDICTORIAN last November 2014. He is an accredited Subject Matter Expert in the Field of Financial Management by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Currently, a consultant of FAIRBank under Finance & Audit Department. A former Chair of the Graduate Business Program of the School of Business & Economics, University of San Carlos. He is a Board Reviewer for Real Estate Management on Finance and Economics.

He owns a home-based bakery business LA MIAN BAKESHOP. Annually, he delivered almost 100 talks, training sessions, and seminars related to LIFE COACHING, BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP, SPIRITUAL TALKS and PERSONAL FINANCE. He enjoys travelling locally and abroad and has been to most of the ASEAN countries.

Raul P. Ruiz, MBA

Raul P. Ruiz has headed equities research for RCBC Securities since 2010. Before that, he headed equities research at the Philippine branches of 3 foreign-based stock brokerage houses.

He also headed Business Development for an Israel-based multinational company, Africa-Israel Investments Phils. Inc., looking for direct equity investments in real estate, tourism, power and infrastructure projects in the Philippines.

He started his career as an investment analyst in the Asset Management Group of the former Far East Bank and Trust Co., now merged into Bank of the Philippine Islands; topped the “Trust and Investment Management course” of the Trust Institute Foundation of the Philippines, the educational arm of the Trust Officers’ Association of the Philippines; and audited the “Trust and investment Management course” of the American Bankers Association held at Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA.

He has passed the 3 Chartered Financial Analyst exam levels as of 2004.
He obtained his BA Economics degree, magna cum laude, and his MBA, at UP Diliman.

Rolando C. Tanchanco, MBM
Raymundo S. Baquiran, MD, MPH

Dr. Raymundo S. Baquiran is currently the officer-in-charge of the MBA Health Program and faculty of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He is also associate professor and coordinator for public health at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) and adjunct faculty of the Ateneo School of Government. He lectures and does consultancy on health systems, health policy development, school health, organization of health and social determinants, impact assessment and project cycle management. He completed his undergraduate degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and his medical degree from the University of the Philippines in Manila. He also earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He has done research and professional work for the Department of Health and for various organizations like the WHO, UNESCO, USAID and InWent.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Baquiran has also been involved in social development initiatives. He was director of the Leaders for Health Program, a tripartite partnership of academe, government and the private sector that work on building the capacities of local chief executives, municipal health officers and community leaders in developing and managing their local health systems. He was also formerly the executive director and now president of the Board of Trustees of the HEALTHDEV Institute, a social development NGO involved in building effective models on local and community health systems.

Dr Baquiran continues to set aside time to practice general pediatrics. He completed his residency training in social pediatrics and post-graduate fellowship in school health/ ambulatory pediatrics from the Montefiore Medical Center – Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. He is a diplomat of the Philippine Pediatric Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Maria Gilda N. Resurreccion, MHA
Michael L. Tan, DVM, Ph.D
Mennen Aracid, MBA
Gary A. Grey, MBM

Gary A. Grey is a Consultant of Vinta Systems, Inc.(www.vintasystems.com), a software development company organized in 2000 that focuses on the use of artificial intelligence platforms across various industries. Vinta Systems, Inc. is a joint venture company between Peter Valdes (VSoft, Inc., U.S.) who was one of the original founders of Tivoli, and Gus Lagman (Logic Management, Inc. Chairman and STI Colleges co-founder). He is concurrently a Faculty Member  of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business teaching Information Technology for Managers, Technopreneurship, Ethics and Law, E-Marketing, Business Intelligence and E-Commerce.

Mr. Grey has worked mainly in the banking industry having come from the Philippine’s first internet bank, Union Bank of the Philippines (www.unionbankph.com) where he headed the Information Systems Planning Division. He also worked in various departments of the bank, from portfolio management, account management, acquired assets management, and corporate planning where he spent 18 years. Prior to this, he was investment officer at Bancom Development Corporation and trust officer at PCIBank.

Mr. Grey took up his Master in Business Management at the Asian Institute of Management and currently serves as Director of the Alumni Association. He finished college magna cum laude at the De La Salle University. He is currently finishing his research dissertation on the “Effectiveness of Rational Strategizing” under a research grant of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business for an eventual PhD degree.

Charlie A. Jorge, MBA
Sandra Francesca A. Lovenia, MSCS
John Paul C. Vergara, Ph.D.

John Paul Vergara obtained his BS degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from Ateneo De Manila
and his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He is currently Vice President for
the Professional Schools and Professor of Computer Science at the Ateneo de Manila University. He has
been part of the Ateneo faculty for over 30 years and has taught in several of its academic units
including the Loyola Schools, the Graduate School of Business, and the School of Medicine and Public
Health. He has also served in various administrative posts in the university, among them Vice President
for Administration and Planning, Vice President for the Loyola Schools, and Chair of the Department of
Information Systems and Computer Science.

Enrique M. Soriano, III, MBA

Prof. Enrique Soriano is a World Bank/IFC Governance Consultant, Columnist, Book Author, former Chair and Professor of Global Marketing at the ATENEO Graduate School of Business and a Senior Fellow at the IPMI International Business School in Jakarta. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and presently sits as Independent Director of Publicly listed Emperador Distillers and Travelers Hotel International (Resorts World Manila). He also sits as Board Advisor to 25 Family Businesses in Asia.

After 30 years of combining academic work and occupying senior executive positions, Prof Soriano was recently appointed as Executive Director of the Wong + Bernstein Group, an Asia Pacific based Strategic Advisory firm that specializes on Family Governance, Succession and Next Generation Leadership. He is also a Senior Advisor of the Post and Powell Group, a FinTech organization based in San Francisco with Singapore as its ASEAN hub.

Now “living his third professional life”, his advocacy related to Innovation,Strategic Management and Corporate Governance has made him a sought after Senior Advisor and resource speaker in International Conferences in the US, Canada, UK, ASEAN, Africa and China. He delivers 150 talks annually.

Prof Soriano holds a B.A. from the University of the Philippines, an MBA from De La Salle University, has an Executive Diploma in Directorship at the Singapore Management University. and pursued Post Graduate Education at the National University of Singapore Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Governance.
His last executive engagement was as Group CEO of the Belo Medical Group. Previously, he was a strategic Advisor of the JG Summit Group, Country CEO of ERA Real Estate, Founding President of Resorts World Manila, founded the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Chairman of SunTrust Developers and VP Group Head for Business Development of Greenfield Development Corporation/United Laboratories Group.

Jose B. Avellana, MBA

Prof. Avellana has been the Honorary Consul of the Consulate of the Republic of Mali in the Philippines since September 2003 to present. He is also the President and CEO of Avellana & Associates, Inc., the Director and Board Secretary of Media Force Vizeum, Inc., and Director and Treasurer of the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC TV 13).

He is also a professor at the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business, a Trustee of the Philippine Jesuit Aid Association, as well as the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals; a Screener and Hearing Officer of the Advertising Standards Council; and Project Director of the Advertising Foundation of the Philippines, among others. He is also the former vice president and director of the Rotary Club of Makati West. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from the University of San Francisco and his MBA from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Daniel W. Barrenechea, MBA
Remigio Joseph A. De Ungria Jr., MBA

Professor Remigio Joseph A. De Ungria Jr., ChE, ME, MBA, CDM is currently SAVP for Operations @ Ace Hardware Philippines and a valued member of the Strategy and Marketing Cluster of the AGSB. He is a Transformer, StorySeller and Vision-Driven Coach.

Prof. De Ungria’s industry experience includes leadership roles as Senior Vice President and Business Unit Head of Citistores, Inc , Managing Director of WB Energy, Chief Operating Officer of Moldex Products, Country Marketing Manager of Philips Electronics and Lighting , AVP of Waltermart Supermarkets and Community Malls, Marketing, Commercial and Technical Manager of Apo Cement and Product Group Manager of Unilever Philippines.

He has more than 3  decades of simultaneous engagement with industry (by day) and academe (at night or weekends as Professor of the Ateneo de Manila University from 1994 to 1997  and with the Ateneo  Graduate School of Business since 1997). He has also taught Marketing, Sales and Digital Marketing at the University of the Philippines’ Virata School of Business, De La Salle University, Development Academy of the Philippines and Carthage College in the US.

Engr. De Ungria has relevant, hands-on experience as a professional manager, as a street-smart entrepreneur, as  head of his own company, and as a management consultant.

VCoach Bong is a lifelong learner. After completing his Chemical and Mechanical Engineering degrees from UP in 1986 and 1988 respectively, he completed his MBA degree from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in 1994, his Marketing Communications degree from DLSU in 2002 and his Certified Digital Marketing degree from IMMAP- Ateneo in 2011. He has also been sent by his companies to international trainings in the US, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia and to specialized AIM programs on management development and marketing.

After earning his professional board licenses as a Chemical and Mechanical Engineer, he started his professional career as the only Technical Management Trainee selected in 1988 by Unilever Philippines . He has been directly responsible for the technical operations of an Oil Refinery, a Sulphonation Plant, a Ready Mixed Concrete Batching Plant and a PVC and PE Pipes and Films  Factory . He has also directed and supported the store operations of retail establishments from Luzon to Mindanao.

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Rajan S. Sadhwani, MBA

Mr. Sadhwani has long been an entrepreneur, being the principal shareholder and President of Jans International, Inc., California Surf, Inc. and Samartine Properties Inc., since 1984 to the present. His businesses range from business development, production, marketing and supply of branded products to territories outside the Philippines.

Prior to his establishment of his own businesses, Mr. Sadhwani also worked with several local and foreign corporations.

Never losing stock of his social responsibilities, Mr. Sadhwani has served as the Governor and Chairman of the Youth & Sports Committee of the Bel-Air Village Association, Inc. from 1998 to 2001.

He has been with the faculty of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health since 2012, teaching Marketing Management and Brand Management.

He is an alumnus of De La Salle University, having obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce major in Marketing Management in the year 1979. He obtained his Regis Executive MBA Program from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in 2010.

Rene D. Aguila, MBA
Januario Aliwalas, MBA

JANUARIO “Jene” ALIWALAS is a Senior Management Consultant with over 30 years of experience in managing projects in both private and public sectors. He is currently the Education Director of the Insurance Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Prior to this, he worked on various USAID/World Bank-funded projects for a number of government agencies. A State Scholar, Mr. Aliwalas finished his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the University of Santo Tomas with Summa Cum Laude honors. He earned his Master in Business Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management as a full scholar. He holds an International Certificate in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (with Distinction), ITC/UNCTAD. He is also a certified trainer on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (Modular Learning System) by the International Trade Center as well as a part time faculty member of Ateneo Graduate School of Business where he teaches Quantitative Analysis, Operations Management, Management Science, Managerial Statistics and IT for Managers. Mr. Aliwalas worked with the Ayala Group of Companies where he started as a Management Trainee/Instructor for the IL-FGU Common Offices Training Department. He retired from Ayala Corporation in 2002 where he served as Associate Director for Information Systems.

Augusto A. Arguelles, ME

Mr. Augusto A. Argüelles brings to the Ateneo Graduate School of Business years of senior managerial experience in Operations and Supply Chain Management, the subject that he now teaches. He started his management career as a Project Engineer Trainee and subsequently as an Industrial Engineer at Procter & Gamble Philippine Manufacturing Company. He then joined the Economic Development Foundation as Management Consultant handling consulting and training projects both in the private and public sectors. He left as a Supervising Consultant to join Union Carbide that became Eveready Battery Company. He became a Senior Manager in various capacities as Materials Manager, Assistant to the Plant Manager and TQM Coordinator. After he retired in Eveready Battery Company, he joined Ancilla Enterprise Development Consulting, an HR OD company as Senior Consultant delivering training and consulting programs. After Ancilla, he joined briefly Bayantrade now ABM Global Solutions heading Strategic Sourcing & Supply Management and the Bayantrade Academy.

Mr. Argüelles earned his Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and Master’s in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines. He holds an Advance Certificate in International Purchasing & Supply Chain Management from the UN International Trade Center and is a trainer for the Supply Chain Management Modular Learning System (SCM-MLS). He has also attended the four-month full time course on Small Industries Consultant Advance Training Course by the Asian Productivity Organization.

He is active in various professional and religious organizations. He was a board member and officer of the Purchasing Association of the Philippines, now known as Philippine Institute for Supply Management (PISM) and also of the Distribution Management Association of the Philippines, now known as Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP). He was the Chairman of the Academe Committee in SCMAP for the years 2012- 2013. He is also a member of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP), a Catholic community and was elected as President (2014-2015) of the Institute for Pastoral Development, an organization that conducts training of Church workers. He was recently elected (2015-2016) as a Trustee at the Philippine Bible Society as one of the representatives of the Catholic Church.

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Juanito S. Chan, MBA

MR. JUANITO CHAN is a workplace based professor at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, handling Applied Mathematics, Business Statistics, Management Science, Operations Management and Lean Six Sigma courses and part-time guest lecturer at the Industrial Engineering Department of University of Santo Tomas.

Past work experiences include being the Chair of the Industrial Engineering Department of University of Santo Tomas (2012-2014), an IT Head of Mapua Institute of Technology (School of Industrial Engineering), faculty consultant of DOST-MPEX (Manufacturing Productivity Export Modernization Program), quality consultant at Kaizen Management Systems, Inc, professor at the School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry of Mapua Institute of Technology and lecturer at the College of Business Administration and Accountancy of Letran College, sales assistant at the Manila Triton Industrial Services, and research associate at the Asian Institute of Management.

His extensive curriculum boasts of his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, major in Operations Research and Masters in Business Administration at De La Salle University, units in Master of Science in Mathematics at University of Santo Tomas, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology, class 1980. He holds also an International Certificate and an Advanced Certificate in International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (IPSCM), accredited by UNCTAD ITC (International Trade Center) of Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, he is taking up PhD in Industrial Engineering at De La Salle University. He is also a certified PIE (Professional Industrial Engineer) bestowed by IECB (Industrial Engineering Certification Board of PIIE (Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers) and a COTECNA-certified Green Belt of Six Sigma Program.

Recently, Mr. Chan has been a guest professor at TU (Taiz University) Delft, an affiliate of Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. He has taught Operations Research at the Master in Engineering and Management Program of that university. He is also a freelance consultant on Business Process Improvement, Project Management, Operations Research, Quality Engineering and Lean Six Sigma. He has acquired his ASEAN Engineer status (AE no. 0490) last 2013 from AFEO (ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations) in the field of Industrial Engineering. He is an active member of PIIE and at present a member of the board of directors of ORSP (Operations Research Society of the Philippines).

Serafin Delica
Edgar F. Legaspi, MBA

Edgar Legaspi is currently a faculty member of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) handling Management Science within the Operations cluster. He has a long standing association with the AGSB faculty since 1975. Ed earned an MBA degree from AGSB in 1975 and earlier a Chemical Engineering degree (cum laude) from De La Salle. Though now retired, his corporate life centered in the energy industry in the fields of IT (55%), Corporate Planning (24%), Logistics (16%), and Controllership (5%). He saw the evolution of IT from punched cards, basic AL and mainframes to PCs, spreadsheets, the Internet, networks, VSAT, email, e-commerce, Y2K, ERP, Google, BCP, POS, B2B, and shared services. He pushed for the development of mathematical models for investment decisions, cash flow analysis, strategic planning, financial planning, product pricing, supply optimization, product distribution and manpower scheduling. He found it very rewarding to have defended the company’s position in front of the oil price hearing board, government officials, labor groups and students. Ed was a member of the Philippine Computer Society and the Corporate Planning Society of the Philippines. He is the current editor of the Techne student journal and was President of the AGSB Alumni Association. He takes pride in having been to 47 countries (a third of planet Earth) and counting.

Jamie Anne C. Lihan, MBA
Apolinar A. Ng, MBM

A passionate educator and mentor, Professor Poly Ng is a former VP for Logistics at the St Peter Group of Companies. He was in charge of the company’s Fleet Operations, Purchasing and Distribution and Casket Manufacturing.

He has been a faculty member of the AGSB, teaching Operations Management for the past sixteen years and was among the first to be trained and certified by the Regis University on Facilitation Skills.

Prior to St. Peter, he was a Consultant and Trainor at the Ancilla Enterprise Development Consulting doing consultancy work on Operations and Logistics and conducting workshops on leadership, behavioural and technical fields.

He also worked with Caltex Philippines from 1973 to 1999 where he retired as Senior Executive. At Caltex, he headed various departments involved with Lubes and Grease Manufacturing, Supply and Distribution, and Installation and Transport. He was also Assistant Project Manager for the nationwide installation of the SAP R/2 System for Caltex covering the Procurement, MRP and Sales and Distribution modules.

Sir Poly as he is fondly called, earned his Masters in Business Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management in 1979 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology in 1972.

Terence F. Sorono, MBA
Manuel A. Tenmatay, MBA

Manuel A. Tenmatay is a graduate of electrical engineering from the University of the Philippines College of Engineering. After a two-year stint as an instructor of Engineering Sciences in the same university and passing the Assistant Electrical Engineer licensure examination, he went to Japan as a full scholar of the Japan Ministry of Education to complete his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.

Fluent in the Japanese language with intensive Japanese language training at Osaka University of Foreign Languages, he returned to the Philippines and joined Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation. He spent 29 years in the company, starting off as a product development engineer of audio products, and retiring in 2007 as a Senior Executive and Member of the Board of Directors. While in the company, he was able to acquire vast experiences in consumer appliance product development, materials procurement, production planning, manufacturing operations, quality control, and quality assurance, as well as take the lead in company projects such as information technology, corporate planning, brand development, sales management, productivity programs, total quality programs, and lean management.

A Gold Medal awardee of the Ateneo Regis MBA Program, he is currently teaching Applied Mathematics, Managerial Statistics, Applied Management Science and Quantitative Methods for Managers, Operations Management, and Business Solutions Management courses under the Operations Cluster.

Enrico C. Wong, MBA
Arturo C. Zamora, MBA
Philbright L. Ang, MBA
Oscar G. Bulaong Jr., Ph.D.
Jose Agustin C. Cuenco, MPM
Jake Allan K. De Guzman, MBM

Jake took his MBA in the Asian Institute of Management and finished with Distinction in 1999. For his undergraduate degree he finished A.B. Philosophy in 1992 from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Professionally, Jake has focused on media and the content industry both from the creative and management side and often in start-up teams. He started as a segment producer in the multi-awarded Probe Productions Inc. and help start a young sports and adventure lifestyle show called GAMEPLAN. He moved to the business side as an associate for Lazaro Bernardo Tiu and Associates doing business plans for media companies. After his MBA he was involved in mergers and acquisitions of media & internet companies for PLDT. There he was also part of the start-up team that spun-off ePLDT. He then joined CI Holdings and helped start up Newsbreak (an investigative news magazine), Pathways (a multi-awarded radio drama production group) and oversaw strategic planning for Pulse Asia, and the Foundation for Communication Initiatives, and Today Newspaper. Jake eventually became CFO of the Holdings Company and COO of its subsidiaries.

In 2002 he founded and ran JUICE, an all Filipino lifestyle channel in local cable TV with some international distribution. In 2007 he founded Tripleshot Media Inc. where he is currently the Managing Director. Tripleshot Media produces Green Living for the ABS CBN News Channel and is also aired internationally on TFC (The Filipino Channel). In 2014, Green Living was awarded Best Magazine Show by the 13th Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi awards. Jake’s company also created a new media platform based on the show, GAMEPLAN (acquired from Probe Productions Inc in 2013). In 2015, Tripleshot Media partnered with Rappler to carry GAMEPLAN on the Rappler platform.

Jake teaches the class, The Call to Leadership under the Human Resources Cluster.

Manuel B. Dy, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Manuel B. Dy, Jr. finished his AB Philosophy and MA Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University, his PhD Philosophy at the University of Sto. Tomas, and attended post-doctoral studies at the Catholic University of America. He has taught various philosophy subjects for the past 47 years at the Loyola Schools. He is currently a consultant of the DepEd K to 12 Edukasyon sa Pagpakatao, a member of CHED Technical Committee on Philosophy, Philippine Academy of Philosophical Research, Philosophical Association of the Philippines, Philosophy Circle, and Philosophical Association of the Visayas and Mindanao. He served for several years as Board Adviser for Asia of the Council for Research on Values and Philosophy, Washington D.C. He teaches Business Ethics at the Graduate School of Business.

Dennis T. Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Dr. Dennis T. Gonzalez exercised leadership as Chairman of the National Book Development Board (NBDB), a government agency, from 2002 to 2011. He ensured the completion of the “National Book Development Plan (2005-2010): Initiatives towards Becoming a Publishing Hub in Asia.”

He presided over the Governing Board in deciding public policies, programs, and projects to promote book readership among all age sectors of the citizenry and to ensure a sufficient supply of Philippine books, both textbooks and trade books, which are of good quality, at reasonable prices, distributed efficiently in all regions of the country, and promoted internationally.

He is a faculty member of the Ateneo School of Government since 2003 and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business since 2005 where he teaches “Public Sector Ethics” and “Business Ethics” respectively. He teaches the course “Ethics and Spirituality in Leadership” in the Ateneo’s PhD in Leadership Studies program. He teaches Systematic Theology courses at St. Vincent School of Theology, Adamson University.

He edited the books, The 1987 Constitution: To Change or Not To Change? (2012), The Will To Change: Marikina and Its Innovations (2009) and Frontline Leadership: Stories of 5 Local Chief Executives (2007). Besides his published essays and articles in several books and journals, he writes pieces on leadership, governance, book development, ethics, spirituality and theology on his blog

He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Education (BSE) degree. He obtained his Master’s and Doctorate (PhD) degrees in Sacred Theology with highest honors from the Catholic University of Louvain (KUL), Belgium. He is married and has two children.

Angelo S. Gregorio, MBA
Ma. Ligaya M. Menguito, Ph.D
Nicasio F. Rollan, III, MBA
Dennis O. Temporal, MA

Dennis Temporal is a lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University with assignments from the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Communication, and the Graduate School of Business. His main research interests are in Modern Philosophy, Ethics, the Philosophy of Immanuel Kant and Bernard Lonergan.

He acquired a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Philosophy from Ateneo, and holds a PhD Candidacy in Philosophy.

Dennis is also a management consultant who specializes in designing and conducting learning programs for corporate training.

Marleth S. Calanog, MBA

Ms. Marleth S. Calanog is the Executive Director of the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education. She has more than 6 years of extensive experience in sales and marketing management in the travel and hospitality business and more than 12 years in the academe as an administrator.

Prior to this, she held several posts, such as: Program Sales Group Head of the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education; Sales Manager of Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao; Sales Manager of William Gothong & Aboitiz (WG&A Superferry) and Sales Manager of Pathfinder Hotels and Resorts.

Ms. Calanog holds a Bachelors degree in Tourism from the University of Santos Tomas and a Masters degree in Business Administration – Regis Program from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Michael Jordan S. Toledo, MMC

Michael Jordan S. Toledo is currently the Satellite Campus Director of the AGSB Iloilo Campus. He completed his undergraduate degree at West Visayas State University in Iloilo City with a degree in Broadcasting. After graduating, he worked in a media outfit/channel based in Iloilo as a Host and Segment Producer and later promoted as Operations Manager. He then pursued a job in Manila as a Marketing Manager for Biovet Nutrilines Corporation, a subsidiary of Hunter Marketing and Development Corporation. This heightened his interest in the corporate world so he took a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communications at De La Salle University-Manila. He moved back to Iloilo City in 2019 to work as the Branch Manager of HMDC.

Francisco L. Villanueva, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Francisco Villanueva, Jr. is a professional management consultant with over thirty years of experience in general management, operations, finance & marketing in various industries and sectors that include real estate, media, government, academe, trading, and NGO operations. He currently sits in the board of half a dozen private companies and a GOCC based in the Clark Freeport Zone.

A significant part of his time is devoted to teaching in the graduate schools of a few universities as well as in development entrepreneurship through active participation in various NGOs and foundations. He is the president of the Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors, a past president & Ex-Officio of Clark Investors & Locators Association, president of SHS Class 74 Alumni Foundation, Inc., and chairman of the Alumni Association of Asian institute of Management, Pampanga Chapter.

Frankie, as he is called by friends and associates, has a Management Engineering degree from the Ateneo De Manila University, a Master in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management and a Doctorate in Business Management from the Holy Angel University. He recently completed the Strategic Business Economic Program at the University of the Asia & the Pacific. He was also an accredited mediator/trainor of the Supreme Court’s Philippine Judicial Academy and has completed various certificate courses that include Materials Flow & Cost Accounting, Occupational Health & Safety Management System, Development Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Management for SMEs, Project & Program Management.

Subjects handled in the Ateneo Graduate School of Business include Quantitative Methods, Operations Management and Project Management.

Jefferson Al M. Tio
Makati City
Ateneo GSB: Campus Location - Rockwell, Makati Bldg
Ateneo GSB: Campus Location - Rockwell, Makati Blg 2

 

Contact Information:

Ateneo Professional Schools
Address: #20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Tel. no. 8997691 locals 2206 or 2207
email: rockwell.gsb@ateneo.edu

Salcedo Campus, Makati City
Ateneo GSB: Campus Location - Salcedo, Makati Bldg.
Ateneo GSB: Campus Location - Salcedo, Makati Bldg. 2

 

Contact Information:

  • 130 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines

Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Ateneo GSB: Campus Location - Sta. Rosa, Laguna Bldg
Ateneo GSB: Campus Location - Sta. Rosa, Laguna Bldg 2

 

Contact Information:

Address: 2/F, Paseo 3A Building, Brgy. Don Jose, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Tel. no. (049) 541-2987
email: starosa.gsb@ateneo.edu


Clark Field, Pampanga
Ateneo GSB: Campus Location - Clark Field, Pampanga

 

Contact Information:
Address: Ground Floor Unit 5, Clark Center 09 Berthaphil Clark Center, Jose Abad Santos Ave., Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
Tel. no. (045) 499-0970 / (045) 499-0971
Mobile no. +63 998 550 9910
email: clark.gsb@ateneo.edu
Cebu City, Cebu
Ateneo GSB: Campus Location - Cebu Bldg
Ateneo GSB: Campus Location - Cebu Bldg 2

 

Contact Information:
Address: G/F, Cebu Holdings Center, Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Tel. no. (032) 231-9478 / (032) 232-1665
email: cebu.gsb@ateneo.edu
Iloilo
Contact Information:
Ateneo de Iloilo campus
Address: Pison Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Mobile no. +63 995-1017-978
email: iloilo.gsb@ateneo.edu
Rene I. Dela Cruz, MBA
Anamaria M. Mercado

Anamaria M. Mercado has corporate experience in the fields of business development and management, process improvement, and training & development. Over the last several years, she has concentrated on providing training and consulting services to various clients across industries, particularly in the areas of customer service and business process improvement. She is currently the managing consultant of Consumer Insight, a company that specializes in capturing the customer’s experience through mystery evaluation services and customer satisfaction programs, a Program Director (for Six Sigma, Lean and Service Excellence programs) in the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education, a Resource Person in the MBA program of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, a Resource Person for Customer Service courses of the Insurance Institute of the Philippines, and a member of the Philippine Society for Quality. She is also a co-business owner of two franchise companies.

Ms. Mercado has a degree in Business Economics and post-graduate units in Professional Education from the University of the Philippines and an MBA degree from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Cafeteria

Ateneo GSB: Resources - Cafeteria

Campus Ministry

Ateneo GSB: Resources - Campus Ministry

The Campus Ministry Office provides students and other sectors of the community: administrators, faculty, professionals, office and maintenance personnel, and alumni with opportunities for spiritual nourishment and growth. It is hoped that through these different programs and services, the members of the Ateneo community will be able to deepen their spirituality and integrate it into their daily living.

Cashier’s Office

Ateneo GSB: Resources - Cashiers Office

The Cashiers office is the extension of the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer (OVPFT) located at the Loyola Campus. Its main responsibility is the collection of tuition fees and other miscellaneous income of the university. The Rockwell office is located at the ground floor of the Rockwell Drive entrance, serves the different units of the Ateneo Professional Schools as the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB), Law School (ALS) School of Government (ASG). The Cashier of Salcedo Campus serves the Center for Continuing Education located at the second floor of the building.

Chapel

Ateneo GSB: Resources - Campus Ministry

The Chapel of St. Thomas More located at the ground floor of the Ateneo Professionals School building.

Computer Rooms

Ateneo GSB: Resources - Computer Rooms

The Computer Rooms consists of 36 workstations equipped with Shuttle XPC computers and LCD monitors which are used for various needs within class hours. The Computer Rooms are situated at Room 201 besides the AGSB Study Area and at Room 213 along the Hallway.

Facilities Management Office

Ateneo GSB: Resources - Facilities Management Office

The University Physical Plant aims to maintain, secure and where possible improve physical fixed assets (buildings, grounds, road system, utilities, etc.) of the entire university.

Instructional Materials Section

Ateneo GSB: Resources - Instructional Material Section

The Instructional Materials Section (IMS) is a support unit of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB). One of its main functions is handling the operation, storage and maintenance of all audio-visual projection equipment used by the AGSB faculty and students in classes. This also includes the preparation of course syllabi, handouts and cases for both standard and middle manager programs.

Internet Kiosks

Ateneo GSB: Resources - Internet Kiosks

The AGSB Internet Kiosks are used primarily for the AGSB online registration, but it also serves as an internet station for the studentsand guests of the APS community. Four internet kiosks are currently deployed inside the campus: two are located along the AGSB Hallway, one at the AGSB Study Area, and one near the stairs.

Library

Ateneo GSB: Resources - Library

The Ateneo de Manila University Professional Schools was formerly known as the Ateneo Graduate School during its Padre Faura days. It consisted of the Law School and Graduate School of Business. In 1977, AGS moved to Salcedo Village, Makati City. It is here where it changed its school name to the Ateneo Professional Schools (APS). The Library as an integrated but independent unit of the APS, adopted the name: The Ateneo Professional Schools Library (APSL) to complete its acculturation.

Now the APSL, is well entrenched at the Rockwell Center. In fact, the library was the very first unit to transfer in November 1998 and operate in December 1998.

Father Robert J. Suchan, S.J., a professional librarian was appointed director in 1959. He became the Director of Libraries. In 1980, Mr. Rogelio B. Mallilin became director. He was the Library Director of the Rizal Library and Business/Law Library until 1985. The Business/Law Library became Ateneo Professional Schools Library and appointed a new head, Mrs. Teresita C. Moran in June 1985. Mrs. Teresita C. Moran served as APS Chief Librarian until June 30, 2011.

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Office of the Registrar

Ateneo GSB: Resources - Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for the implementation of all the academic policies and programs of the School including applications and admissions, qualifications, registration and enrollments, student maintenance and retention, transcripts of records, records management, and other administrative and student affairs and concerns. It is also the Office that performs liaison work with the Commission on Higher Education and other government bodies involving students’ activities, documents, and authorizations. It is the Office that ensures the effective implementation of government educational policies and University and AGSB academic and administrative policies.

Khrisna U. Reyes
Completion of Admission Credentials
MEMORANDUM:
TO: ALL CURRENT AGSB STUDENTS
FROM: Joaquin Julian Agtarap, APS Registrar
RE: Completion of admission credentials

We wish to remind all concerned that the following credentials are required to obtain full degree status:

Filipino Students:

  • Transfer credentials from your previous school inclusive of official transcript
  • NSO Birth certificate and/or marriage certificate

International students:

  • Authenticated official transcript from your previous school
  • Original passport for verification
  • Birth certificate

Students who have enrolled in the three trimesters without these credentials shall be prohobited from enrolling next trimester. Please complete these requirements not later than August 22, 2015.
Please be guided accordingly.

Graduation Reflection Speech by Kristine Denise Corvera Delos Reyes, MD, MBA

Our Commencement Speaker, Hon. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV,
Mr. Ernesto Tanmantiong, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University
Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, President of the Ateneo,
Dr. John Paul Vergara, Vice-President for the Loyola Schools,
Dean Rodolfo Ang of the Graduate School of Business,
Dean Manuel Dayrit of the School of Medicine and Public Health
Mr. Joaquin Julian Agtarap, Registrar of the Professional Schools,
Members of the Board of Trustees, Deans of the other Professional Schools,
AGSB Faculty and Staff, honored guests, fellow graduates;
Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat.

I am the accidental MBA student. I have always wanted to be an Atenean, but with a Master in Theological Studies. Business was surely not on my radar. I was happily practicing my profession as an Internist and Endocrinologist and was raising my 2-year old son. But my husband, who is a Cardiologist, coaxed me to enroll at the AGSB with him. Somehow that sparked in me a desire to pursue higher learning, and so I embarked on this journey with him.

Before the Ateneo School of Medicine pioneered the MD-MBA program in the country, the study of Medicine was never juxtaposed with that of Business in our medical schools. Patient care and monetary gain were traditionally considered an unpalatable mix. At the UP-Philippine General Hospital where I studied and trained for 13 years, talk of profit even sounded profane, as we grappled each day with the abject poverty of the patients we served. We idealized altruism as the noblest way to serve the nation, and chose our heroes only among those doctors who shunned financial gain. But now I realize that our constricted viewpoint as idealistic medical graduates comes from a minimal and fallacious understanding of business.

The MBA Health Program has enriched and empowered health professionals like me in several ways. First, AGSB has shown me that Medicine has many faces: It has the face of the health care provider, of the policy maker, of the administrator and manager, and even of the financier. These faces are not and should not be mutually exclusive. Our medical training provided us with the microscopic lens that we needed /to heal individual patients; while the AGSB equipped us with panoramic bifocals to smoothly and swiftly transition from evaluating individual patients to entire health systems.

Second, AGSB has rectified misconceptions about toplines, bottomlines, and all things business that have made us uncomfortable. Profitable health institutions are not necessarily instruments of oppression for the poor. A just profit can fuel sustainable growth, and sound business management practices can rehabilitate the nation’s ailing healthcare system.

Truly, the MBA Health Program expanded my worldview and provided me with new paradigms and fresh lenses.

As with all worthwhile journeys, mine at the AGSB winded through peaks and valleys. The enduring nerd in me was utterly fascinated by new discoveries each Saturday, but I still found myself stunned by the demands of the course. Our PriMan professor warned us early on, saying, “you will never write as much in your life as you will do in these next 7 terms.” That prophecy did come to pass with each subsequent term, culminating with STRAMA, that “Big One”, as its epicenter. The hurdles of a Health program graduate were not that different from those of other programs, but our current life stage gave these hurdles a unique color.

From last week’s graduation rehearsal, we in the Health Program noticed that we seemed to be the most senior among the graduates. We’ve been out of school for decades, and to revert to student life and all that it entails proved to be most challenging.

We are also at that stage of juggling too many hats — those of the business owner, top-level manager, educator, spouse, parent, son or daughter caring for elders, AND THEN, student. I’m a busy working mother of hyper-energetic toddler, while my husband, who is my classmate, was juggling his own clinical practice and business pursuits. Balancing family, professional, and student life was a trapeze act for both of us. I needed to frequently step back from my clinical practice to make room to study or simply to breathe. Some of us even succumbed to stress-induced illnesses, particularly during the Strama term; or as we called it, “STRAUMA”. Amidst the physical and mental exhaustion, we often asked ourselves, “is it really worth all the trouble?”

Yes, it is. Our professors made sure. Long after we had completed their courses, they continued to generously share their time with us, whether for serious consultation sessions or for camaraderie over heaping plates of food. Our professors became our mentors, and then they became our friends. To them I am most grateful.

Our classmates also made sure it was worth the trouble. Arguably the most delightful surprises of my AGSB adventure are my classmates in MBA-Health section 11-A. Our bond is held tightly by excessive amounts of salt, sugar, and caffeine, by booming laughter and ceaseless banter, by crashing laptops and spiking blood pressures, by overnight meetings and working holidays, and then by mutual respect and solidarity, all these ingredients for meaningful lifelong friendships. My classmates surely made what could have been a vertiginous voyage into an exhilarating roller coaster ride. To them I am deeply grateful.

Our families and friends likewise made it worth our while by their patient understanding and unwavering support. To you, our loved ones, we graduates are immensely grateful.

And then the Ateneo made sure it was well worth our trouble by enriching both our mind and spirit. One of my favorite courses was Leadership. What I thought was an instructional course on how to ascend the corporate ladder quickly was in fact a weekly mini-retreat. It compelled us to take a quick timeout in order to introspect and refocus, in a manner analogous to the Examen of St. Ignatius. The goal, I believe, was to help us reconnect with our authentic selves, to come to an acceptance of our gifts and frailties, to articulate our vision, to revisit our passion, and to ultimately awaken the heroic leader in each of us: that man or woman for others.

Throughout the course, elements of the Ignatian Way were gently introduced to us. One of the Four Pillars that made a salient impression on me was the Jesuit concept of leadership. I’ve always harbored the traditional view of a leader as this Great Person who was endowed with exceptional charisma, ability, and drive; or the accidental leader who stepped up during a crisis. I’ve been a leader at many points in my student and professional life, including volunteering to be the President of my MBA-Health class. And I have also avoided or refused leadership positions at other times, when I would prefer to work quietly rather than to speak from a podium. But St. Ignatius Loyola redefined leadership completely, as former Jesuit Chris Lowney writes: “Everyone is a leader, and everyone is leading all the time; sometimes in dramatic ways, but more often in subtle, hard-to-measure ways, but leading nonetheless.” For each of us here to be called a “leader” is at once a validation and a challenge. It affirms that each one of us is gifted and capable, and each one of us is , whether we prefer to speak from a podium or work quietly behind the scenes.

St. Ignatius raises the bar further, and inspires us to a different brand of leadership: HEROIC LEADERSHIP. Lowney writes, “Most people wonder about their capacity to act heroically should a momentous opportunity present itself. But Loyola compelled his followers to consider instead the capacity for heroism on a daily basis. Jesuit heroism is judged not by the scale of the opportunity but by the quality of one’s response to it.” In essence, Loyola urges each one of us to become everyday heroes, regardless of how important or mundane our occupations may be.

The response that imbues heroism even on the most mundane actions is Magis, that restless desire to aspire for something greater in every opportunity, to never settle for half-baked in any endeavor. Hindi uubra ang “pwede na yan” mentality. But, Magis-driven heroism is not an insatiable ambition; rather, it is a selfless giving of one’s best effort, and a constant seeking of ways to give even more, for a cause greater than oneself, a vision, or another person.

When we speak of heroism, the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo easily comes to mind. But equally heroic are students who spend weekends packing relief goods, as are children who walk barefoot in the mud each day just to get an education to secure a better future for their families. Bayani ang kawal sa Scarborough Shoal na handang magbuwis ng buhay para ating kasarinlan, at bayani rin ang janitor sa Rockwell campus na puspusang nililinis ang mga basang corridor, upang siguruhing hindi tayo madudulas at masasaktan. The Ignatian Way has taught me that no career or vocation is more heroic than another. It’s not the task that’s heroic, but it’s the spirit of Magis that I bring to the task, approaching each task as if it were “the greatest enterprise in the world”.

I’ve also learned that I can only be driven by Magis if I see the higher purpose for my being and doing, if I become self-aware. SELF-AWARENESS is the foundation of all leadership, heroism, and success: Knowing who I am, what I stand for, what I value; knowing that I am gifted, because I have been gifted, and now I am called to action by the Giver of these gifts.

I was an accidental MBA student who took that bend on the road because I aspired for something greater. I’ve always aimed high and have worked painstakingly hard to excel at my craft, because in the medical profession, lives can be lost by ineptitude and mediocrity.

Now, I no longer see my AGSB stint as an accident, because in life there are neither accidents nor coincidences; only Providence and a higher purpose. Yes, I was led to this place by a desire for knowledge, and knowledge I did gain. But above all else, I now realize that my time at the AGSB was purposed primarily for character building: To comprehend my personal call to self-leadership, heroism, and magis.

Fellow graduates, we have arrived at this stage because we all aimed for something greater. As we walk out of this theater beaming with pride as distinguished graduates of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, let us ponder and keep to heart what was once written about Ignatius Loyola and his companions: “The measure of their personal greatness is less about what they found at journey’s end, and more about the depth of human character that carried them along the way.”

I am deeply honored and humbled by this privilege to address you today. Para sa karangalang ito at sa inyong pakikinig, ako po ay taos-pusong nagpapasalamat.

AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM!

Commencement Speech of Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV

Vanquishing the voices of doubt and cynicism

When we sift through stories of people that have revolutionized systems and reformed long-standing practices, we find that there were always critics and there were always naysayers; but the inner voice of optimism triumphed and shone through.

To be honest, when I was invited a few months ago to address all of you today, I was quite flattered to be chosen. It was a pleasant surprise to be invited today, a pleasant surprise that came with a tremendous amount of pressure!

How does one inspire such bright minds as the graduates of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business? How does one reach the hearts and minds of our country’s current and future business leaders?

How does one inspire the hearts of intelligent individuals that will drive the Philippine economy to even greater heights? How can yours truly possibly affirm, motivate, and, dare I say, entertain such brilliant men and women?

Alam ninyo naman, the pressure on commencement speakers is high today. After all, it’s the era of YouTube and going viral.

With seemingly every single part of our lives on the Internet – what you had for breakfast, your outfit of the day, how many friends you have, how many people heart your new pair of Nikes – truly, we live in a world markedly different from even just a decade ago.

As much as this new, exciting world has brought communities closer together, given us tools to reach out, communicate more easily, and do business more conveniently, it does have a dark side.

To put it quite succinctly, parang ang daming nega.

I need not look further than my own Facebook page. During the campaign, we started to play with my nickname and proclaimed proudly that BAM also stands for: Bida Ang Mamamayan.

Of course, some wise aleck instead said BAM stands for: Bobo Ang Maniniwala. Another one went on a rant on my page, and I quote, “Oooooo wow plastic rimmed glasses makes you look like your grandpa and that automatically qualifies you to run for senate taking advantage of the “masses”… nice… *slow clap*”

Excuse me, Ninoy is my uncle, not my grandfather.

But on a serious note, these days, there seems to be a stronger, overwhelming voice that says, “Hindi mo kaya! It won’t work. It cannot be done.”

Whether it is a voice within us or the collective voice of critics, the unnerving voice of skepticism too often drowns out the voice of optimism and confidence that says, “Kaya natin. It can be done.” Holding on to this voice, especially through times of adversity, is what will make all the difference.

I wish to share with you the story of Nolie Estocado, a daughter of a modest laundry woman and farmer who barely earned enough for day-to-day expenses. Even as she worked tirelessly for a handicrafts company, she never seemed to climb out of poverty.

In 1983, she decided to start her own business, even as her friends and relatives warned her of what they saw as her “inevitable” failure. Nolie had a mighty inner voice and the immense will to fight through the skepticism.

She overcame devastating challenges to build an enterprise that now hires up to 100 workers. Today, Nolie owns a house and lot and an apartment.

Nolie did not let the voice of skepticism drown out her inner voice and it paid off.

This voice of optimism also lives in groups, collectives, and companies. Since 2008, the Jollibee Group Foundation has been running its Farmer Entrepreneurship Program (FEP) that links small farmers directly to the supply chains of institutional clients like the Jollibee Food Corporation (JFC).

One of the first approached were the Kalasag farmers of San Jose, Nueva Ecija. After going through agro-enterprise capacity building, the first challenge was to meet Jollibee’s quota of 60 metric tons of onions, which a challenge the Kalasag Farmers failed.

Some questioned whether the farmers would ever produce enough onions to meet Jollibee’s benchmarks of quantity and quality. But like you, dear friends, the voice that says “Kaya natin!” was strong among the Kalasag Farmers.

The voice of optimism, the confidence and belief in our countrymen was tenacious within the Jollibee Foundation. Trusting that the Kalasag Farmers could step up, Jollibee raised their quota to 197 metric tons for the next delivery.

Diligence, perseverance

This voice of optimism and confidence fed the farmers’ diligence and perseverance. This time, they surpassed the allotted volume, delivering 235 metric tons of quality onions to Jollibee. Last year, Kalasag’s delivery reached 480 metric tons of onions.

When I went there last year, I saw for myself how their quality of life improved – their houses are now made of concrete, their children now go to school regularly, some of them have graduated from college, and, most impressively, when it was time for us to go, everyone took out their smartphones for a selfie.

Nolie, the Jollibee Foundation, and the Kalasag Farmers fostered their inner voice of optimism and confidence and overcame skepticism and defeatism to be rewarded with success.

Within our office in the Senate, I would like to think that the voice of optimism is strong and alive as well. When I was newly elected as Senator two years ago, I was told, assuredly, that I shouldn’t expect to pass any laws in my first 2 years.

But in our first year, we passed two laws: the Philippine Lemon Law and the Go Negosyo Act, the first inclusive growth and pro-poor legislation passed by the 16th Congress.

As we entered our second year, we were told it would be impossible for a neophyte senator to successfully pass a landmark bill, such as the Philippine Competition Act, through Congress. But just last month, the President signed into law the Philippine Competition Act and the Amendments to the Cabotage Law, two landmark policies authored and sponsored by our office.

These laws have been struggling to pass through our legislative system for decades and you can bet that there were critics and naysayers that chuckled at the thought of a neophyte senator passing these landmark bills.

But our office of bright, idealistic, and passionate individuals did not listen to them. Instead, we collectively exclaimed, “Kaya natin ito para sa bayan!”

When we sift through stories of people that have revolutionized systems and reformed long-standing practices, we find that there were always critics and there were always naysayers; but the inner voice of optimism triumphed and shone through.

If Bill Gates gave up after his previous business ventures failed, we may never have had “a computer in every home.” If Steve Jobs gave up whenever his ideas were shot down, we wouldn’t have “a computer in every pocket.”

If Mahatma Gandhi gave up those countless times he was thrown in jail, we would never have known the power of non-violence. If Cory Aquino believed those that said a housewife could never be president, who knows if we would have freedom and democracy today.

They had the will and the grit to cut through the criticism and negative chatter to drive revolutions, drive reforms, and ultimately, create change.

Here in the Philippines, we are witnessing unprecedented economic growth. From being the “Sick Man in Asia,” we are now called “Asia’s Bright Spot.”

Once known for our tremendous debt, we have now garnered investment grade ratings from the most reputable rating agencies. Once considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world, we have since pushed for justice against the most powerful in all of the three branches of our government.

We are now the second fastest growing economy in Asia, second only to China, and we expect to continue on this trajectory.

Fight the tide

All these developments are a testimony to Filipinos like you with a strong inner voice that says, “Kaya natin!” Kaya nating umangat. Kaya nating tumino. Kaya nating umasenso.”

I trust that the people in this room will continue to fight the tide, swim against the current, and listen to that voice inside that says we can make that difference!

But of course, being Ateneans, we are called to do more – magis. Unfortunately, for those of us trained in the Jesuit traditions, heeding the call of our inner voice is not enough.

Our challenge is not just to listen to our inner voice, but also to be that voice for others. Be that voice of confidence for those that have known nothing but disappointment.

Be that voice of motivation for those that are overcome with failure. Be that voice of inspiration for those that have heard nothing but criticism and reproach.

We are called to speak up, for them, and not remain silent. We are called to silence the paralyzing voices of cynicism!

As we step out of this room and back into the dim world of critics, skeptics, and defeatists, let us become the loudest voices of inspiration. Kaya nating umangat! Kaya nating tumino! Kaya nating umasenso!

Submission of Academic Credentials
MEMORANDUM:
TO: All Concerned Students
FROM: Rodolfo Ang, Dean
RE: Submission of Academic Credentials

In consideration of the requests of students who have not yet submitted their academic credentials I have instructed the Office of the Registrar to extend the deadline for submission of Academic Credentials to the end of the 1st trimester of School Year 2015-16, December 12, 2015.

Please ensure that you have submitted the following to obtain full degree status:

Filipino Students:

  • Transfer credentials from your previous school inclusive of official transcript
  • NSO Birth certificate and/or marriage certificate

International students

  • Authenticated official transcript from your previous school
  • Original passport
  • Birth certificate

Only those who have complied with these requirements will be allowed to register in the 2nd trimester of School Year 2015-16.

MBAH Students conduct Medical Mission for Ateneo Professional Schools Rockwell Campus Employees

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Faculty Development Seminar on “Flipped Classroom”
(seated, first row) Dr. Lydia C. King, Dean Rudy Ang, Dr. Susan D'Aloia, Hilda Teodoro, Ivy Formoso; (second row) Ralph Ante, Clarito Magsino, Gary Grey, Rene Aguila, Sam Javier, Ellie Pasion, Lulu Moguel, Angie Ylagan; (third row) Ronald Lee, Mars Balgos, Dr. Ray Baquiran, Raj Sadhwani, Manny Tenmatay, Aaron Vicencio, Dr. Christopher Joseph Soriano, Jacky Chan. (not in picture) Dr. Violet Valdez and Dr. Ely Aurellado.
(seated, first row) Dr. Lydia C. King, Dean Rudy Ang, Dr. Susan D’Aloia, Hilda Teodoro, Ivy Formoso; (second row) Ralph Ante, Clarito Magsino, Gary Grey, Rene Aguila, Sam Javier, Ellie Pasion, Lulu Moguel, Angie Ylagan; (third row) Ronald Lee, Mars Balgos, Dr. Ray Baquiran, Raj Sadhwani, Manny Tenmatay, Aaron Vicencio, Dr. Christopher Joseph Soriano, Jacky Chan. (not in picture) Dr. Violet Valdez and Dr. Ely Aurellado.

The faculty of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business attended the capacity building program on “FLIPPED CLASSROOM” on August 18, 2015 at the Ateneo Professional Schools in Rockwell Drive, Makati City with Dr. Susan D’Aloia as seminar speaker.

Dr. D’Aloia is an interdisciplinary education and program developer who has worked as a consultant and trainer in the United States, Latin America and Asia. She maintains a passion for digital remediation of content and processes and working with educators who continue to maintain and innovate learning.

“Flipped classroom is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional educational arrangement by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom and moves activities including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom. In a flipped classroom model, students watch online lectures, collaborate in online discussions or carry out research at home and engage in concepts in the classroom with the guidance of the instructor.” (Abeysekera, Lakmal, and Phillip Dawson 2015).

The participants learned about emerging concepts behind a flipped classroom and went through the techniques of creating flipped learning opportunities and the structure of a flipped lesson.

Said seminar was organized by Dr. Lydia C. King, AGSB Lead Online Consultant.

Don Z. Brodeth
Rachel M. Cabato
Paulyn Jean A. Claro, PhD

Paulyn Jean A. Claro is a part-time faculty member of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business where she teaches Managerial Epidemiology and Methods of Research courses. She obtained her BS Public Health and Master of Science in Epidemiology degrees at the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines-Manila. She attended the International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology and Public Health and completed her Doctor of Philosophy studies at Tampere University in Finland. Currently, she is also a member of the Ethics Review Committee of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology in the country and is collaborating with her supervisors in Finland and Ateneo colleagues on other research projects.

She started her career working on various research projects in her college, then, on clinical trials at a pharmaceutical company. She also briefly worked in a non-government organization, assisted in some Department of Health consulting works and had contractual projects with the World Health Organization, West Pacific Regional Office in the Philippines. She was formerly an Assistant Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines-Manila and a Health Data Analyst at the Manila office of the International Organization for Migration.

She has authored/co-authored and refereed several papers in international, peer-reviewed, scientific journals. Her areas of research interest are adolescent and women’s health, social determinants of health, social epidemiology and quantitative methods.

Troy Aguede Gepte
Don Jerico Matriano
Ma. Cristina Morales-Alikpala,

Cristina M. Alikpala obtained her Master of Arts in Economics degree from the University of the Philippines School of Economics and her Bachelor’s Degree in AB Management Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University. She also completed her Economics doctoral course work and comprehensive examinations from UPSE. She is practitioner and teacher, having served as economic consultant to various bilateral / multilateral donors and government agencies, and as lecturer with the Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools, ADMU. She is currently the Head of Academic Affairs, School of Government, Ateneo Professional Schools.

Oscar Picazo
Ella G. Tejada
Peter R. Tumanda

Peter R. Tumanda finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Major in Accounting at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and his Masteral Degree at the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business. He passed his licensure examination for Certified Public Accountancy in 1990. He started his career at SGV & Co. Since then, he has held several high positions in the field of Finance/Accounting in known private and multinational companies. He is the founder and presently managing partner of Reyes Diano Tumanda and Co., CPAs. After completing his masteral degree, he became a part-time professor of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business handling Financial Accounting and Management Accounting. He is an active member of PICPA and was elected as regional director for Central Luzon for the year 2017-2019. He also an active member and was several times elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce.

MBAH Talking Hands Project

Last August 16, 2015, The MBA‐H 2014 Section B Class together With their HUMRES Prof. Maria Victoria Castillo and MARKMA Prof. Daniel Wong Barranachea Spent a Day of Fun and Gift giving At Bahay Bata 127, Our Children House of Hope, Community Service and Church ministry, The home And refuge Of over 350 Deaf Children and Young adults. Most are Victims of Child rape, Abandonment and neglect.

This project came about when the class were asked to develop a CSR project from HUMRES Class and a MULAT DIWA project for MARKMA.

Ryan Julius Banez

Dr. Ryan graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 2007 and pursued health informatics as specialization. He took a medical informatics fellowship at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD. He served as eHealth systems analyst at the UP National Telehealth Center, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Health Informatics, Inc., and is currently the Medical Informatics Lead of Ayala Health Care Holdings, Inc. Dr. Ryan specializes in designing analytic environment for health-related data, healthcare data analysis and visualization, developing health informatics specifications of health information systems, and managing health informatics projects. He is likewise an avid educator, fulfilling academic roles at the University of the Philippines, Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, St. Luke College of Medicine, and San Beda College of Medicine.

Andrei Coronel
Marlene De Leon, Ph.D

Marlene De Leon earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She currently works as a full-time Associate Professor at the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS), where she teaches Software Engineering, Systems Analysis and Design, and Database Management. She serves as one of the mentors in the Ateneo Social Computing Science Laboratory and the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center where disaster management systems and healthcare management systems are developed.

Regina Estuar
Clarito Alejandro D. Magsino, MBA

Toto L. Magsino obtained his MBA degree from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Regis Program, in 2015 and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Philippines under a National Science Development Board (NSDB) Scholarship in 1981. He spent more than two decades of his professional life as an IT Professional. He was the Chief Information Officer of the Development Bank of the Philippines from 1993 until his early retirement as Senior Vice President and CIO in 2012. Since 2002, he was concurrently President and CEO of the DBP Data Center, Inc., the Bank’s IT Subsidiary until 2012. Upon his retirement, he headed a foundation of former government CIOs in their advocacy to promote eGovernance and the efficient use of information and communications technology in government. In 2017, he was appointed Assistant Secretary, ICT Management Group of the Department of Budget and Management.

Roselle Marie Azucena, RN, MAN, MBA

Ms. Roselle Azucena is currently a part time faculty at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health where she teaches Strategic Management and Marketing Management. She is also the Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Strategic Planning at Mary Mediatrix Medical Center in Lipa City Batangas. She is also a consultant and resource person for hospitals in Manila and in Calabarzon for strategic planning, leadership and management programs.

She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a BS degree in Nursing. She earned her Masters Degree in Nursing at the University of Santo Tomas and Masters Degree in Business Administration Regis Program at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business Rockwell Makati.

Currently, she is taking up her PhD in Business Administration at Dela Salle University Dasmarinas.  Her research interests includes patient health seeking behaviors and healthcare resources allocation, safety and quality patient care and use of data analytics for healthcare decision making.

Olive P. Lazo
Raymund Glenn C. Lazo

 

Dr Raymund Lazo is currently a Part-time faculty at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health. where he teaches Medical and Management Subjects.

He is an Emergency Physician and practices at the Makati Medical Center Emergency Department. He is a Board Examiner of the Philippine Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also the Medical Director of Patient First Medical Center.

He graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a degree of BS in Zoology. He completed his Medical Studies from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Santo Tomas.
He trained in Emergency Medicine at the Makati Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine. He earned his Masters Degree in Hospital Administration at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He is actively involved in the advancement of Emergency Medicine in the country.

Rester John Nonato

Atty. Rester John L. Nonato is a graduate of the University of the Philippines (Business Management), Cum Laude, the Ateneo De Manila University School of Law (Juris Doctor in Laws), Second Honors, and the University of California Hastings College of Law (Masters of Law with specialization in International Business and Trade), Cum Laude.

He was a former tax associate director of SGV & Co., a tax supervisor at KPMG Philippines, and a former associate of Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako Law Offices. He has had substantial experience in tax, corporate, and legal practice. He specializes in tax treaty relief applications, BIR request for rulings, tax audit investigations, intellectual property registration and contests of intellectual property rights, and the handling of corporate, labor and civil cases.

He is an active reservist with the rank of Captain with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Reserve Command. He was also formerly the resident tax columnist of the Cebu Daily News (Column Name: Thumb Tax), an affiliate of the Inquirer, one of the Philippine’s top national newspapers.

Deogracias Alberto G. Reyes, MD, MMAS, MBAH, FPCS, FPSGS, FPALES

Dr. Reyes is currently an Associate Professor at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) where he teaches Anatomy, Physiology, Surgery, Management Dynamics and Strategic Management. He is concurrently the Chief-of-Section for Minimal Access Surgery as well as the Director of the Center for Advanced Skills, Simulation and Training Innovation (CASSTI) at The Medical City, Ortigas. He maintains a clinical practice at The Medical City, Ortigas and Sacred Heart Hospital of Malolos where is serves as Medical Director. His surgical practice is in General and Cancer Surgery, Minimal Access Surgery and Robotic Surgery.

He Graduated from the University of the Philippines with a BSE in Biology. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the UP-PGH Medical Center. He undertook his Surgery Residency at St. Luke’s Medical Center and continued to complete his Master in Minimal Access Surgery (MMAS) at the University of Dundee in Scotland, UK. Thereafter, he completed his Master in Business Administration in Health at the Ateneo de Manila University, Graduate School of Business.

He continues to work for medical and surgical education under several specialty societies such as the Philippine Association of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgeons (PALES) and the Philippine Society of General Surgeons (PSGS) where is serves as the Chairman for the Committee on Surgical Education.

The research interests of Dr. Reyes are in the fields of Skills Acquisition, Simulation Training in Surgery and Surgical Ergonomics among others. His passion for teaching both Clinical and Management subjects is his means for contributing to nation building and the upliftment of Philipine Society.

Mario Villaverde, MD, MPH, MPM

Mario C. Villaverde graduated as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Preparatory to a medical degree, he took Bachelor of Science (BS) at the Aquinas University graduating at the top of his class as Magna cum Laude. He completed his Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of the Philippines-Manila where he ranked second place in his graduating class. In 2003 he was awarded a scholarship as a Lee Kuan Yew Fellow and graduated with a Master in Public Management (MPM) under a joint program of the National University of Singapore and the Kennedy School of Government-Harvard University.

He is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government (ASoG). He also teaches public policy and health governance. With his appointment in 2011, he initiated the restructuring of the core courses of the Master in Public Management (MPM) program and the development of the curriculum for the MPM-Health Governance track. He is also immersed in the development of executive education programs on leadership and public governance and in various consultancy work related to public management and health. He spearheaded several researches on health sector performance and on local governance and service delivery.

 

Prior to his stint in the academe, he served the government as Undersecretary of Health overseeing the development and implementation of policies and programs to attain the objectives of the Philippine Health Sector Reform Agenda. He also initiated the development and implementation of the maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition policy and organized other programs and projects on health facility development, disease prevention and control, health promotion and family health. In recognition of his various accomplishments, he was given the THOMAS Award in 2007 as the most outstanding alumnus for government service by the University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association. He was also conferred by President Benigno S. Aquino III the Presidential GAWAD CES Award as an outstanding government career executive officer for 2010. The University of the Philippines College of Public Health also recognized him as its most outstanding alumnus during its 85th foundation anniversary in 2012.

 

AGSB Career Fair and Career Forum 2015

Students and Alumni troop to the AGSB Career Forum and Job Fair

Interest in practical career advice and job opportunities from top recruiters in the country was seen in the Career Fair last October 17 at the AGSB Atrium. Nearly 300 students and alumni participated in the event by attending the career forum, sending their CVs online and applying through the companies’ onsite recruitment portal.

The event with the theme, “Fly High to Greater Heights!” was organized by the Student Council and sponsored by top companies in the country which include Nestle Philippines, Coca-Cola FEMSA, Jollibee Foods Corporation, Rebisco Group of Companies, JP Morgan Chase and Co., Viventis Search Asia, Accenture, Capital One and Ateneo CCE. Top HR executives from these companies shared their insights and perspectives on the evolving skills set and qualifications that recruiters are looking for in today’s market. They also shared practical tips on nailing job interviews and gave some points on what turn them off. Specifically, Ms. Hannah de Lumen, HR Head of Nestle Philippines stressed; “We know when the applicants are insincere and are not taking their application seriously. You have to know the job and company you’re applying for. Do your homework. Do some research.”

Current student, Mr. Patt Soyao and alumnus, Mr. Aaron Ngui also left some valuable insights on the MBA advantage and how passion and grit can help in advancing one’s career. They also shared that individual’s profession can also be a great instrument to help others and make a difference.

The job fair also drew hundreds of students, filling the company booths that were set up at the Atrium. This gave them an opportunity to learn more about the company and their openings. Ms. Mica Abao, the Career Fair Project Lead said, “We had to extend the time to accommodate the students who were still lining up and were eager to explore career options. The jobs that these companies are offering are targeted to business students and graduates and it is a rare opportunity to gather all these top companies in one event with that specific objective”.

Flyers on job vacancies and freebies were also given to and delighted the participants. On the other hand, participating companies showed their appreciation for the huge turnout and enthusiasm by participants. One Recruitment Head shared, “Thanks to AGSB for having us. We have been trying to get into this kind of circle. I look forward to a sustained and more engaged partnership.”

2015 AGSB Student Leadership Conference

October 24 to 25, 2015 – AGSB Class Presidents and Student Leaders from Rockwell and AGSB Satellite Campuses, together with representatives from the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH), trooped to the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City for the AGSB’s Annual Student Leadership Conference.

Aptly named “First Companions,” the conference aims to bring together student leaders of the AGSB for a weekend of fellowship, self-awareness, and awakening, all in the context of the AGSB’s vision of molding professionals geared towards nation-building, guided by the Ignatian spirituality.

October 24 – Participants got to hear from, and interact with, inspiring leaders from various fields. Tony Meloto, founder of the social enterprise Gawad Kalinga, opened the conference with his impassioned talk on his humble beginnings, how Gawad Kalinga came about, and how he envisions a better future for this country. He ended with a strong invitation to join him in lifting the Filipino spirit, and in empowering both the middle class and the marginalised sectors to work hand in hand for social equality.

The student leaders also heard from Dr. Oscar Bulaong Jr., currently a faculty member of the AGSB, and Executive Director at the Gov. Jose B. Fernandez Jr. Ethics Center. Dr. Bulaong encouraged participants to come to terms with their “why” – the reason and heart of everything they do, in order to guide all their actions toward a single goal.

 

The outgoing student council of SY 2014-2015 also presented their accomplishments, aiming to lay down the benchmarks and foundation upon which the future council can build their programs and activities. This formally opened the conference to student council positions each leader can aspire for, and was coupled with a planning session where participants were able to propose suggestions on how the future student council and the administration can work to better serve its students and the AGSB community.

After hearing from Dean Rudy Ang about the upcoming plans for the AGSB, nominations for the various student council positions were then gathered. Nominees briefly introduced themselves, and everyone capped the first day with a night of fellowship.

October 25 – The conference’s second day opened with a prayer for discernment, as this day holds the most important activity of the event: the election of the student council for SY 2015-2016. Nominees from the previous evening were given the floor to state their platforms, what they hope to achieve, and why they should be chosen by the participants to lead students for the incoming school year.

Ballots were distributed, filled out, and gathered. Prior the announcement of results, participants were treated to a talk from Ms. Leah Miranda, an AGSB alumna who has worked her way to becoming a member of the prestigious Asian Development Bank. Her leadership story, being a recent one and a work-in-progress at that, mirrored what most of the participants in the conference is going through. Her dedication to her work, the consistent alignment of everything she does to her goals, and her endless positivity all worked to lay a path before her – a path she encouraged participants to work and look for tirelessly.

Election results were finalized soon after, which meant it was then time for the official announcement of the new student council officers. Results were as follows:

President: Perth Salva

Vice-President, Internal: Alyssa Miclat

Vice-President, External: Red Herrero

Secretary-General: Ryan Lim

Treasurer: Edward Decano

MBA-Standard Representatives: Migo Evardoloza, Von Miranda, Reimond Valdez

MBA-Regis Representative: Israel Yadao

MBA-MM Representative: Cat Villanueva

The new members of the student council took their oath, and was prayed over by the previous council and by all participants of the conference. The event ended as would any other Ateneo event – through the declaration of Ateneans’ passionate allegiance to the “school we choose,” in service to our Lady, Mary the Mother of God: “A Song for Mary.”

Michael L. Malixi

ME reinforced my passion, developed my skills, and substantiated my relevance as an entrepreneur.

Renan M. Sulit, MBA
AGSB STUDENT COUNCIL SY 2015-2016 STRATEGIC PLANNING MINI WORKSHOP

by Ryan Norman Lim

November 21, 2015 – The newly elected AGSB Student Council (SC) officers for SY 2015-2016, together with outgoing SC officers for SY 2014-2015 represented by Marvin Pedregosa (Secretary General) and Dean Dimaandal (MBA Standard Representative), assembled in AGSB Rockwell campus for the SC Strategic Planning Mini Workshop.

The mini workshop is an important event that aims to bring together the various ideas and talents of the two batches of SC officers, specifically to:

• finalize initial projects planned thus far by the new SC officers;
• map out and plan other projects this school year; review the past projects of SC Batch 2014-2015 with the aim of identifying best practices and areas for improvement for the benefit of succeeding batches of SC officers;
• identify the current needs of the school and possible initiatives to meet them; and
• have a venue for proper turn-over of pending projects and accountabilities.

The event started with the “Knowing Others” activity which dwelt on self-introduction and working style of each SC officer and even Prof. Dennis Ryan Cruz, currently the Coordinator of the AGSB Office of Student Activities and Formation (OSAF) & Student Council Adviser. With this activity, Prof. Dennis remarked that the incoming SC team mix is very promising given the balance of people who are good in planning/conceptualization as well as the operations/execution side. This is consistent with his expectations from the incoming SC- focusing on creativity, innovation and execution of the framework already institutionalized. Prof. Dennis also shared his core personal values of integrity, commitment, sense of responsibility and respect for time, which he hopes to be exemplified by the incoming SC officers. He also shared the paradigm of working with the plan and being fully committed to deliver what was promised.

Next activity focused on the discussion of SC roles, current SC structure, setting the foundation and Student Activities Direction. Prof. Dennis first reiterated his main role as the adviser of SC is to guide the Student Council. Then, the SC roles and responsibilities embodied in the old SC constitution (Article VI, Sec. 5) have been read aloud by every SC officer and discussed among themselves for comments/inputs. With this, amendment in some SC officer functions, creation of new SC officer positions as well as the formation of a “Council of Leaders” for the pool of AGSB class presidents will be set in place once the amendments of the old SC constitution have been ratified by at least 10% vote from the Student body.
As regards the Student Council structure, Prof. Dennis cited that the outgoing SC operated under a project-based type, where each SC officer became project manager of his own, but with the support of the entire SC team. Attendant to this, the thrust of incoming SC President Perth Salva is to still adopt the project-based operational structure for his SC team, with emphasis on project ownership and multi-tasking.

Prof. Dennis also presented the framework of the AGSB OSAF focusing on Ignatian Spirituality, Academic Excellence, AGSB Identity, Leadership and Social Responsibility, and Personal Development and Special Interests. The framework is mapped out well to the four (4) pillars of the Student Council- Academic Excellence, Brand Building, Social & Spiritual Formation, and Career Building.

Moving forward, Marvin Pedregosa, the outgoing SC Secretary General made a brief run-through of the previous projects handled by the SC Batch 2014-2015. Review of the previous SC projects was done to identify best practices and at the same time learn from the challenges encountered. The outgoing SC has focused on building foundations because they had to start from scratch- practically everything centered on beginnings. However those hurdles did not limit the SC to accomplish more projects and set patterns for the succeeding batches of SC. From these foundations, the incoming SC will have the opportunity to focus on building a community given the standardization for procedures (e.g. processes in project proposals, SC constitutional amendment, formation of clubs, etc.) has been laid out. The incoming SC was also tasked to strengthen the foundation already set by the previous SC, and springboard from there to achieve even greater heights- embodied in the Ateneo’s MAGIS.

Further, planning and mapping out of Projects by the Incoming SC spearheaded by SC President Perth Salva was held during the afternoon session of the mini workshop. Brainstorming of ideas and a laundry list of potential projects have been listed out, plotted against the four pillars of the Student Council and mapped out to the SC calendar, in addition to the mandatory and other pending yet “priority” projects already identified (designated SC officers assigned as Project Managers) as follows:

Traditional

1) New Student Orientation Seminar (ORSEM) – January, May and September 2016
2) RecWeek – February 2016
3) Lenten Recollection – March 2016
4) Career Fair – June 2016
5) Community Outreach – July 2016
6) Graduation Ball / Send-off – August 2016
7) Mass of the Holy Spirit – August 2016
8) Student Leadership Conference (LeadCon) – October / November 2016

Continuing Concerns

1) Student Publication / Journal – December 2015
2) SC Constitutional Amendment – January 2016
3) Student Council Social Media Accounts
4) SC Bulletin Board Revamp
5) Student Club Formation

Potential Initiatives

1) Alpha Eagles – assembly of AGSB class presidents
2) Hosting of scholarships during AGSB’s 50th Anniversary
3) Book Support Program – January 2016
4) Sportsfest / Run-for-a-Cause – April-May 2016
5) Bazaars / Trade Fair – November 2016

In closing, though the mini workshop event was characterized by planning and knowledge-sharing between the two Council batches, it is also hoped that working rapport will be built especially amongst the new set of Officers as they roll-out their projects and events during SY 2015-2016 geared especially towards AGSB brand building and academic excellence as the school celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.

Dennis Ryan V. Cruz, MBA

A seasoned executive who specializes in Investment Banking, Consumer Banking, Commercial Banking, Human Resource Development and Strategic Management.

He graduated college with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Management and completed his Executive MBA degree in 2001 from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business Joint Program with Regis University, Colorado. From 2002 to 2006, he delved in Graduate Philosophical, Education and Media studies from the Ateneo de Manila.

He is currently a senior officer leading an amazing division in one of the primary banks in the Philippines and teaches leadership at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business where he also serves as the Director for Student Activities and Formation.

During his free time, he gives in to invitations from both public and private entities to share his views on management issues, run short courses on leadership and facilitate strategic planning sessions for top management.

 

 

Antonio M. Del Carmen, MBA
Rachel C. Consunji, MBA
Vincent Edward R. Festin, JD

Vincent Edward R. Festin is currently an assistant professor at the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business (AGSB) where he teaches Business Ethics, Corporate Governance, Law in the Business Environment and Business Communications. He started teaching in the said school in 2009 and is now one of its 10 full-time professors.

He is also the current Chairman of the Board of the Good Governance Advocates and Practitioners of the Philippines (GGAPP), an association of professionals involved or working in the Ethics, Corporate Governance and Compliance space. He was the organization’s founding president.

Prior to joining the AGSB full-time, he was the head of the Corporate Governance – Education of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).

He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree (1989) and Juris Doctor (1995) from the Ateneo de Manila University. He was admitted to the Philippine bar in 1996.

Gloanne C. Adolor, RPh, MD, MS, MBA-Health, FPCP

Gloanne C. Adolor is currently an Assistant Professor at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business where she teaches Management and Economics subjects.   She is also currently the Officer-in-Charge (Department Manager) of the Management Services Department at the Lung Center of the Phillippines.  She holds clinical practice at the same institution. She obtained her BS Pharmacy degree from the University of the Philippines, her MD degree from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and trained in Internal Medicine at Quezon City General. Dr. Adolor also has an MBA with a major in Health from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and is completing her PhD in Business Management.

Ayedee Ace M. Domingo, II, MD, MBA
Dr. Domingo is the Managing Director of Metahelix, an information technology company focused on the healthcare industry.  He has been involved in various consultancies with the World Health Organization, Department of Health, and pharmaceuticals on telehealth, mobile health, disease surveillance, and disease registries.  He currently lectures on information technology management at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and on health information management at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.  He is also involved in research on healthcare applications of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.  He is a former Director of the National Telehealth Center, and former Chief Technology Officer of GMA New Media.
He is a graduate of the Intarmed program of UP Manila and finished his Doctor of Medicine degree at the UP Philippine General Hospital.  He earned his Master in Business Administration degree at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
Ricardo R. Palo, MBA
Ana Bess G. Pingol, MBA

ANA BESS G. PINGOL is the Senior Vice President, Chief Finance Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Federal Land Inc.  She is concurrently Director and member of the Executive Committee of Alveo-Federal Land Communities Inc., member of the Executive Committee of Bonifacio Landmark Development Corp., Director of Omni Orient Property Management Inc., member of the Executive Committee in the joint venture project with Robinsons Land Corporation, Executive Vice President of Cathay Resource Inc., and Executive Vice President of Crown Central Realty Development Corp,. Her other significant positions are Senior Vice President, and Chief Finance Officer of Federal Land Orix Corp. , ST6747 Resources Corp., and Federal Brent; and Corporate Secretary and  Senior Vice President Chief Finance Officer Horizon Land Inc..

Prior to her current post she has served in a variety of senior executive and management positions both for local and multinational companies which include; Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer of SM Land Inc., Deputy CFO and VP Treasurer of Metro Pacific Investment Corporation.

She also worked in Tetra Pak Philippines Inc., a Swedish packaging company, first as Finance Director until eventually assuming the most senior post as Site Manager (Country Manager) and Commercial Director. Ms. Pingol was also part of the start-up team of Rockwell Land Corporation in 1995 first as Assistant Vice President- Finance, moving to Business Development as Assistant Vice President for New Projects and eventually as Vice President for Finance.

Her previous posts include, Vice President for Treasury and Special Projects in Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation, Finance Director of Shang-rila Properties Corporation, Audit Manager of Marsman Corporation and SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (SGV) an audit and consultancy company, where she started her career.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Accounting (Cum Laude) at the University of the East. Ms. Pingol completed her Master’s Degree at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in which she is currently a faculty and the Department Chair of Economics, Finance and Accounting.

George C. Fong, Ph.D.

Dr. Fong teaches & researches on management, entrepreneurship and marketing at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He is an entrepreneur and business consultant. His business undertakings & experience include stockbrokerage; real estate development and brokerage;. restaurants & food services; marketing & distribution. As a professional manager, he held senior management positions at financial institutions both in the Philippines and Hong Kong.

On education, Dr. Fong received his Ph.D in Commerce from the University of Santo Tomas; Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management; Master in Entrepreneurship from the Asian Institute of Management; Master in Business Economics from the University of Asia & the Pacific; AB (History/Political Science) & BSBA (Management) from De La Salle University; and his grade school & high school from Xavier School.

He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Makati East.

Marcial Orlando A. Balgos, Jr., Ph.D

Mars Balgos finished his PhD in Leadership Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University, where he also earned his MBA and BS Legal Management degrees.

He worked as General Manager of Avid Sales Corporation, Microdata, PIMS Inc./Keysquare and Tristar Electronic Corporation before embarking on his present career of being a management consultant and academic. He also had a stint as president of an automobile dealership, as well as engagements as Corporate Development Director at Solid Manila Corp./Solid Group, personnel services manager at S. C. Johnson & Son Inc., and human resource development manager at RCPI. He also served on the boards of a business process outsourcing company and a construction company (where he was also the executive committee chair).

As a management consultant, he has run programs ranging from strategic management and marketing to human resource management, leader development, corporate communications and organization development for public and private organizations. He has developed policies and systems for companies engaged in consumer products and food manufacturing, electric products manufacturing, construction products distribution, book publishing, business process outsourcing, insurance, mass and new media, basic education, plastics manufacturing, electronic products manufacturing and distribution, automotive distribution, and retail marketing.

Mars teaches Leadership, Leading Organizational Change and Human Resource Management courses at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He also teaches at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Social Sciences. Currently, Mars is the head of the Department of Leadership and Human Resource Management.

Ralph A. Ante, MBA

Ralph A. Ante, Met.Eng.,MBA,Asean Eng., graduated BS Metallurgical Engineering (Phi Kappa Phi) at UP Diliman in 1978. MBA (Gold medal) at AGSB in 2000. He is currently the Head of Operations and Information Technology Department and Faculty member, teaching Applied Management Science, Quantitative Methods for Managers and Operations Management. He was the past Chairman of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Metallurgical Engineering. He was a former National President of the Society of Metallurgical Engineers of the Philippines and of the Philippine Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Geology. Engr. Ante was the recipient of the 2011 PRC Outstanding Professional of the Year for Metallurgical Engineering. He was also the 2007 UP Alumni Engineers (UPAE) Professional degree awardee for Met. Eng.

Prof Ante, who used to work in the mining industry, is now the President of HealthSolutions Enterprises Inc, a leading distributor of hospital and laboratory equipment and supplies.

Gilda Lourdes G. Del Rosario, MBA
Roberto C. Tanchanco, MD, MBA
Conrado G. San Pedro, Jr., MTM
Angelita Lourdes R. Dayao
Malyn G. Divinagracia, MBA
Rey R. Reyes, MBA

Rey R. Reyes is the Registrar of the Ateneo Professional Schools which includes the Law School, the School of Medicine and Public Health, the School of Government, and the Business School. Prior to joining the Ateneo, he was the Executive Managing Director for Student Services, Admissions and Registration at the Asian Institute of Management from 2007 to August 2018. He has more than 30 years of work experience primarily in educational institutions in the Philippines.

Prior to joining AIM, he was the IT Head of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran for 5 years before his appointment as Registrar until 2006. During his appointment as Registrar, he was also concurrently the Executive Assistant of the Rector of the College. His experience includes administrative functions in planning, publications, organizational development, and information technology. He has undergone training as an accreditor for the Philippine Association of Accredited Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) in the area of school administration. From 2003 to 2006, he served as co-chair of the Registrar’s Group of the Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Tertiary Commission. He has done consultancy work for the Japan Scholarship Program of the Asian Development Bank in 2009, and was also an Organizational Development consultant for Aquinas University and the Aquinas University Hospital in the province of Albay, the Philippines from 2010-2012. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Philippine representative to the ETS-GRE Asia Advisory Council based in Seoul, South Korea.

Rey obtained his bachelor’s degree (Political Science and Economics) from the University of the Philippines. He obtained his MBA from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila as a Rector’s Scholar. He teaches Fundamentals of Registrarship in the Diploma Program for Registrarship of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Luisito G. Montalbo, MBA
Jowett Cecilio F. Magsaysay, PhD

Dr. Magsaysay is a strategy and organizational development expert and president of Strategic Directions Inc. He has been with the University since 1995 as a Program Director at the AGSB Center for Continuing Education (CCE), for which he developed and directed its flagship Leadership and Management Development Program, and, since 2017, a lecturer at the Loyola Schools. Formerly the Editor-in-Chief of World Executive’s Digest, Dr. Magsaysay has also authored research articles which have been peer-reviewed and published in academic journals.

John Paul C. Vergara, Ph.D.

John Paul Vergara obtained his BS degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from Ateneo De Manila
and his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He is currently Vice President for
the Professional Schools and Professor of Computer Science at the Ateneo de Manila University. He has
been part of the Ateneo faculty for over 30 years and has taught in several of its academic units
including the Loyola Schools, the Graduate School of Business, and the School of Medicine and Public
Health. He has also served in various administrative posts in the university, among them Vice President
for Administration and Planning, Vice President for the Loyola Schools, and Chair of the Department of
Information Systems and Computer Science.

Fr. Roberto C. Yap, S.J.

Fr Roberto Chan Yap SJ is the 31st President of Ateneo de Manila University.

Yap is a Filipino priest, economist, and educator, appointed to the position by the Board of Trustees of Ateneo de Manila University last 3 August 2019. He assumed office 1 August 2020, succeeding Fr Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ, who was president from 2011 to 2020.

Fr Bobby, as he is commonly known, was most recently President of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan (2011-20). Some of the notable events during his term as Xavier Ateneo president was the school’s involvement in the recovery and rehabilitation efforts of XU’s home city Cagayan de Oro post-Typhoon Sendong; engagement in the rehabilitation of Marawi City; accreditation of its college, junior high, and grade school programs; and numerous infrastructure and campus developments.

Before leading Xavier Ateneo, Yap was Province Treasurer of the Jesuit Philippine Province (2007-14); Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at Ateneo de Manila University (2002-11); Research Associate, John J Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (2002-11); Province Assistant for Social Apostolate, Jesuit Philippine Province (2004-09); and Environmental Economist at klima-Climate Change Center, Manila Observatory (2002-06).

He was also Acting Director of the Institute on Church and Social Issues (ICSI) (1993); Acting Parish Priest of the Miraculous Medal Parish, Cagayan de Oro (1992); Project Director, ICSI (1988-1992); and an instructor at Ateneo de Manila High School (1980-82).

Yap has a PhD in Economics from University College London (2002); a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1995); MA in Theology and Bachelor in Sacred Theology (STB), summa cum laude, from the Loyola School of Theology (1992); MA in Economics from New School for Social Research (1988); and an AB in Economics (Honors), cum laude, from Ateneo de Manila University (1980).

At present, he is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila University, and Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

Yap entered the Society of Jesus in 1982, and was ordained into the priesthood in 1992.

He was born in Cebu City, Philippines on 16 May 1959. He is fluent in English, Tagalog, and Cebuano.

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Attention: AGSB Students in good standing

Would you like to spend a summer in… France, Hungary or China?
Widen your horizons and gain academic credit at Ateneo’s international exchange partner ESSCA’s summer programmes at Angers, Budapest or Shanghai.

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A Pilgrimage to the Four Doors of Mercy – AGSB Pilgrimage 2016

In preparation for Holy Week, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business Student Council led a pilgrimage to the Four Doors of Mercy last March 13, 2016. These Holy Doors were personally marked by Pope Francis during his recent visit to the Philippines. The project was headed by Cat Villanueva, SC Representative for the Middle Manager Program, in partnership with the Campus Ministry Office.

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Raymond A. Abrea, CPA, MBA

AGSB taught me that our country is our business. As a tax consultant, I learned to choose integrity over profit, with our game-changing strategy to do what is right! Helping taxpayers pay the right taxes while pushing for a genuine tax reform is our contribution to nation building.

AGSB Student Business Review

The AGSB Students Business Review (SBR) is a publication in magazine format that features quality student term papers submitted as part of the course requirement. It is intended to recognize, encourage and disseminate exemplary work by students consistent with the virtue of magis (excellence).

Techne: Managing through Numbers

Techne, the first issue of SBR is a collection of student works which focuses on quantitative methods and its practical application. The compilation of articles for this issue is a selection from the many projects that have been completed by MBA students through the years, which demonstrate the practical application of the quantitative methods learned in class to the decision making required of managers in different businesses.

 


Tuition Increase for AGSB Improvements

Last February 15, 2016, AGSB Dean Rodolfo “Rudy” Ang held a consultation with students regarding the increase in tuition and other school fees to be implemented in School Year 2016 -2017. The meeting was attended by student representatives from Standard, Middle Manager and Regis Programs, some of whom are the incumbent officers of the AGSB Student Council and the Student Publication Team.

 

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Thank you, Nonoy!

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For many of us, thirty-two years is an entire lifetime.   And indeed, that is exactly what we have to thank Salcedo “Nonoy” Laurente for: a lifetime of loyal and generous service to the Ateneo community. Nonoy began his career in the university in 1984 with the (now defunct) Ateneo Information Technology Institute, where he was awarded the University Staff Excellence Award four times. He has worked at the Graduate School of Business since 2006, as the Technical Assistant for our Salcedo Village campus on H.V. de la Costa St. The University marked his retirement from the Ateneo on February 18, 2016, with simple rites in Xavier Hall, with the University President, Fr. Jett Villarin, the Vice President for the Professional Schools, Dr. Tonette Angeles, the HR Director, Ms. Mavic Cortez, AGSB Dean Rudy Ang and his wife, Edna Luz, in attendance.

The AGSB administration, faculty and staff, extend our heartfelt thanks to Nonoy for all he has done for our university community, and wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life!

AGSB Alumnus, Mon Abrea, is one of the 2015 TOYM Awardees

Ateneo Graduate School of Business alumnus Raymond “Mon” Abrea was recently honored as one of the 10 recipients of 2015’s The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award, in recognition of his contributions in the field of accounting and finance.  Instituted in 1959, the TOYM awards is an annual program of  the Junior Chamber International, the Gerry Roxas Foundation, Inc. and the TOYM Foundation.

Mon successfully completed AGSB’s Regis MBA program in 2010.  He is President and Chief Strategy Officer of the Abrea Consulting Group (ACG), and founding president of the Center for Strategic Reforms of the Philippines (CSR Philippines).  Popularly known as “the Tax Whiz”, he is a former BIR examiner who is currently considered the country’s most prominent advocate of genuine tax reform.  His advocacy is to help people enjoy a tax-free lifestyle:  not a lifestyle free from taxes, but one that is free from the unnecessary burden of penalties and compromises.    He promotes the Citizen Tax Planning (CTP) Certification Program, which awards a “Seal of Honesty” to qualified taxpayers.  He believes that we can reform business towards “right” behavior:   paying the correct taxes without compromises.

The TOYM award is only the latest in a long series of accolades and recognitions that Mon has received:  he was awarded Asia CEO Young Leader of the Year in 2015 and was named one of Go Negosyo’s Angelpreneurs.  He is an alumnus of the Ayala Young Leaders program, past recipient of the Gerry Roxas Leadership award,  and author of the bestselling tax handbook, “Got A Question About Taxes? Ask the Tax Whiz!: Most Frequently Asked Tax Questions in the Philippines.”

Congratulations, Mon Abrea, not just for this latest award, but especially for being a wonderful example of an AGSB alumnus who is “making the country his business”.

 

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Reminiscing: Memories of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (Prof. Adelina Rex)

editor’s note: The writer, Professor Adel Rex, retired from the AGSB at the end of the April 2016, after teaching Business Communication to 29 generations of AGSB students. She will spend her retirement with her husband in her hometown in Bicol.

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Working with the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) was a 29-year long rewarding, enriching, and inspiring experience. The warmth, the joy, the appreciation, and the wealth of knowledge that abound in AGSB altogether made my stay here worth remembering.

Coming to the AGSB on my first day of work was not a difficult task, as I found myself warmly welcomed by the administration and its staff, faculty and students. Throughout my stay, my knowledge and social skills in dealing with various types of individuals were enhanced and my network of friends even broadened.

I have worked with five (5) Deans, and found all of them inspiring mentors, encouraging coaches and genuine friends. They guided me, encouraged me and fashioned me into what I am today.

As I went through my teaching chores in school, I never felt reluctant about sharing my knowledge with my superiors because they were always open to new ideas. Thus, I could bring to the four corners of my classroom any innovative practice that I felt would optimize my students’ learning. It was never difficult to get their approval of my suggestions. Even further, my superiors were always generous with their praises, recognition and appreciation for any good I did for the school. All these kept me going!

The passion for excellence and a desire to serve others, to do more, to show care and concern for others and to inspire people are virtues I learned and treasured most from this institution. These guided me along the way as I molded the hearts and minds of my students.

At the AGSB, the by-word is quality”; that is, never settling for the ordinary, for mediocrity. We were always reminded “to do our best in everything we do”. Thus, this was the value I also insisted on seeing in my students’ performance.

It was also from this institution that I learned to give always a part of myself; I learned to become selfless, to be willing to share my time and whatever I have with those in need. I did, too, become more aware of the socio-economic conditions of people around me, and the social structures that separate the “haves” and the “have nots,” and to do something worthwhile to alleviate this great divide. As I move out of the portals of this school, I bring with me these virtues. I will continue to pursue this advocacy by working closely and actively with our community NGO’s and zealously involving myself in teaching catechism to the youth.

Certainly, my reflections will never be complete without reminiscing about my many unforgettable moments with my students, whom I’ve so loved, nurtured and admired . They constitute my total inspiration in my 29-year-long stay at the AGSB. They were responsible for brightening up my evenings in the classroom over three long hours, as they actively and intelligently shared their insights with me in our class discussions. How I adore their dedication and interest to learn new things even after an eight-hour day of work in their offices! I will forever treasure the love, the joy, and the concern they shared with me in my class.

Of course, I can’t let this piece go, without recalling my memories of our charming, dedicated, and efficient staff. They were my angels, the sole reason why my work at AGSB was so easy and so pleasant. From them, I learned further the joy of service without expecting anything in return. From them I learned the value of a smile, despite the challenge of serving difficult people. Indeed, our staff are the living epitome of “magis”, “cura personalis” and “lux in domino”!

Our faculty, my colleagues, are all working professionals. They come in different packages. From among them I found a few, real and good friends whom I will forever fondly remember.

Truly, I feel that this page is not long enough to contain what my heart wants to say at the moment. Words don’t come easy for me to express how grateful I am, and how proud and privileged I am to have been a part of this institution. For me, no other institution can ever come close to AGSB.

My promise: I will forever stay loyal to our Ignatian values and keep nurturing these sublime AGSB memories in my heart and soul for as long as I live….all for God’s greater glory…AMDG!

 

 

 

AGSB Staff Celebrate “One AGSB” at Its First-Ever General Staff Conference

 

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AGSB administrative staff from our Rockwell, Salcedo, Sta. Rosa and Clark campuses came together recently for our first-ever general conference on March 5-6, 2016, in a garden like sanctuary called Balay Indang located in Cavite.

The conference combined elements of self-discovery with training for leadership and organizational development through a mix of activities facilitated by Professor Dennis “Shio” Cruz of AGSB’s Leadership and Human Resources Department.   Conference participants were given the opportunity to understand themselves better by processing the results of the Enneagram personality test that they had earlier been asked to take on line.  Team building and bonding activities included structured learning activities as well as evening socials, highlighted by a highly competitive and engaging videoke session.

Dean Rudy Ang joined the group and gave two presentations:  the first was a sharing of his personal leadership journey and what has always motivated him to seek personal and professional excellence; the second was a sharing of the strategic directions for AGSB going forward, and a discussion of the important role that the staff would need to play if we are to achieve our goals.   Among these plans were the ongoing reorganization of the AGSB team, the proposed renovations of our various campuses, and the new programs that were being designed.

At the end of the conference, the AGSB were energized by the challenge of building “One AGSB”:  a single unit that is stronger than the sum of its many individual parts, sharing in the mission of “One Ateneo”:  an Ateneo de Manila University of which we are one integral, and important part!

The success of this first staff conference all but assures that it will become an annual affair, an important new tradition in the life of AGSB!

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Business Ethics in Asia

Business Ethics in Asia


1. Business Ethics in Asia

The theory and practice of business ethics require a certain ripeness of insight to successfully navigate the complexity of business decisions and how such decisions affect the welfare of human beings.  In the proverbial increasingly globalizing world, there is greater awareness that hardly any decision in the different functional areas of a corporation is ethically neutral, insofar as corporate decisions have decisive effects on the health, wealth, and development of human beings…

This book is therefore a contribution to the development of the theory and practice of business ethics that is culture-sensitive.  For the essays and cases on business ethics collected here offer insights and tools for corporate decision-making from an Asian perspective.

Year of Publication: 2014

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CST-BEN Symposium

November 6-7, 2015
San Carlos University in Cebu

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  • MAKATI CITY (main campus)
    Ateneo Professional Schools
    #20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City
    Tel. no. 88997691 locals 2206 or 2207
    email: rockwell.gsb@ateneo.edu
  • CEBU CITY
    Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, Inc. Gen. Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City 
    Tel. no. (032) 231-9478 / (032) 232-1665
    email: cebu.gsb@ateneo.edu
  • CLARK FIELD, PAMPANGA
    G/F Unit 5, Clark Center 09, Berthaphil Clark Center , Jose Abad Santos Avenue , Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
    Tel. no. (045) 499-0970 / (045) 499-0971
    Mobile no. +63 998 550 9910
    email: clark.gsb@ateneo.edu
  • ILOILO CITY
    Ateneo de Iloilo campus
    Pison Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
    Mobile no. +63 906 390 3791
    email: iloilo.gsb@ateneo.edu
  • STA. ROSA, LAGUNA
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    Tel. no. (049) 541-2987
    email: starosa.gsb@ateneo.edu

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Profile Updating During Registration Periods
MEMORANDUM:
TO: All AGSB Students
FROM: Joaquin Julian B. Agtarap, Registrar
RE: Profile Updating

To ensure that all records kept by the University are up to date, all students are required to update their profile on the Registrar’s Management Module (RMS) every enrollment period.

This will be effective this coming 1st trimester/2nd Term of SY 2014-2015

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AGSB – Iloilo Campus welcomes its 3rd batch of Ateneo-Regis MBA Students

The Ateneo Graduate School of Business – Iloilo Campus launched the third batch of students under the Ateneo-Regis MBA program last September 3, 2016. 13 students, coming from diverse industry backgrounds, enrolled for the first term in the Leadership Effectiveness course under Dr. Ruben Encarnacion. Classes are held on Saturdays during the course of the term.

Dean Rudy Ang of the Graduate School of Business and Ateneo de Iloilo President, Fr. Joseph Haw, led the orientation seminar for the incoming students last 6 September 2016 at the Ateneo de Iloilo campus. Dean Ang congratulated the new batch for successfully entering one of the most sought-after programs in graduate business school. Two representatives from the first and second batches of the Ateneo-Regis Program in Iloilo also shared their experiences to the incoming batch, emphasizing the opportunities and challenges a Regis student undergoes in the program, as well as how the program helped in their personal and professional growth.

The Ateneo-Regis MBA Program is also offered in the other satellite campuses of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in Clark, Sta. Rosa, and Cebu. For more details on the Ateneo- Regis MBA Program and the satellite campuses, visit www.gsb.ateneo.edu.

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Figure 1 Students from the incoming batch of Ateneo-Regis MBA program in Iloilo

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Eagles Take Flight

Eagles Take Flight

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Emilio C. Macasaet

Mr. Emilio C. Macasaet III is a Partner & Chief Distribution Strategist of
Mansmith and Fielders, Inc. He is also the Chairman and CEO of FIELD
PARTNERS INC., an on-field sales training & coaching company.

He brings with him very extensive and intensive management experiences
gained from both local and large multinational companies. He conducts
various sales training seminars and consulting services in most parts of
Asia-Pacific and Middle East. He has also founded and developed his own
distribution companies. He is the author of the best-selling books
Distributor Management: Winning Tools in Managing Distributors as
Partners and 6 Steps to Key Accounts Management.

He obtained his MBA (Regis Program) from Ateneo De Manila University,
and took a Doctor in Business Administration program at De La Salle
Graduate School of Business (pending dissertation) where he was a former
professor in Distribution Management. Bong also attended an executive
program on Marketing Channels at Kellogg School of Management,
Northwestern University, Chicago; and other special programs at
Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), Singapore, and Burke Institute,
USA. Bong partly writes a column in Business World newspaper.

Leveric T. Ng, DBA

Dr. Ng is a full-time faculty at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business where he teaches Management (Corporate Governance, Marketing, Strategic Management, Management Dynamics) subjects. He is also an independent management consultant. He has over thirty years of working experience both board and non-board executive positions in the retail, airline, hotel and healthcare industries.

He received his Doctoral Degree in Business Administration from the De La Salle University Manila and Masters in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.  As an active advocate of  corporate governance and ethical leadership, his research interests are in these areas.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a member of the Business Doctoral Society of the De La Salle University and the Philippine Academy of Management.

Gemiliano D.L. Aligui, MD, MPH, PhD

Dr. Gemiliano Aligui is a medical doctor with a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Biology (Graduate Program in Epidemiology and Gerontology at Brown University, Providence, RI, USA). He was the Assistant Director of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) of the Dept. of Health (1999-2001). He was also the former Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) of the Dept. of Science and Technology (DOST) (2002-2004). For a short period within his stint in the DOST, he was Officer-in-Charge of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI). Between 2010 and 2013 he was with the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) as Faculty and as Research Coordinator, concurrent as the Chair of the Research Committee of The Medical City.  In 2012-15 he was Dean of the, Graduate School, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMCI).  In 2014 he assumed a full-time position as the Vice President for Academic Affairs of UERM.  Concurrently, he is also a part-time faculty of the UERM Graduate School. He is a member of the Expert Panel for Neglected Tropical Diseases of the DOH.  In the “Ranking of scientists in Philippine Institutions according to their Google Scholar Citations public profiles “, (June 2016),

Dr. Aligui is listed as the 50th of the top 453 Filipino scientists. He is a Diplomate of the Philippine Pediatric Society, an Associate Member of the National Research Council of the Philippines, as well as a member of the American College of Epidemiology, the American Diabetes Association and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He is the Chair of the FNRI Institutional Ethics Committee, a member of the IRB of RITM, the Clinical Epidemiologist of the Institute of Personalized Molecular Medicine of the Medical City, and a consultant of the RITM Research and Innovation Office.

 

Engr. Januel Mikel O. Venturanza, MBA
Annamarie V. Dy, MBA

Ms. Anna Dy has an undergraduate degree in Business Management from the Ateneo de Manila University. She completed her MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago with concentrations in Marketing, International Business, and Organization Development.

During her graduate studies, she worked part-time helping small businesses in the Chicago area build their business plans. In 2009, she joined Summit Digital where she launched several websites and led the company to become one of the leading digital publishers in the country. Currently, she is the General Manager of Summit Connect, a digital marketing agency working with a variety of brands to help them maximize the digital medium in order to reach their business goals.

Aside from her experience in banking and the UN, Ms. Dy pursues passion projects in e-commerce, digital publishing, as well as business consulting.
Welison Evenston G. Ty, PhD

Weevens presently works for one of Philippine’s longest standing wheat flour manufacturing companies where he is tasked to oversee production, operations, and human resources initiatives for the organization. Prior to his engagement in flour manufacturing, he worked in the field of marketing for a mobile messaging services company tasked to provide instant messaging solutions, and in the field of mobile marketing services and product development for the Philippines’ leading telecommunications company and wireless applications service providers.

Weevens earned his Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, Master of Business Administration degree [Regis Program], and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University. Since 2003, he have been teaching content and research courses to undergraduate and graduate students at the Department of Psychology of Ateneo de Manila University Loyola campus in a part-time capacity. He also teaches courses in Dynamics of Leadership and Principles and Dynamics of Management in the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Ruben Limcaoco Encarnacion, PhD

Dr Ruben L Encarnacion (Dr E) is a licensed clinical psychologist. He earned his Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology both from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Dr E’s full-time practice centers on addressing the psychological needs of children and parents within the framework of the family system. Utilizing play therapy, hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gestalt techniques, NLP, and holistic methods such as Ta’i chi and Qi G’ong, he has been effective at addressing depression, anxiety, and somatic symptom disorders among young people and high-performing career adults. His specialties are:

• Adult Psychotherapy
• Psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults finding themselves in their families, school, and career
• Marital and family therapy, especially for couples finding better modes of adjustment
• Play therapy for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties
• Memory practice for the elderly (dementia neuropsychological assessment)
• Clinical evaluation and diagnostics, including for educational placement, adoption, and annulment purposes
• Hypnotherapy for anxiety and depression, stress and pain management, and other referrals from medical practitioners.

Dr E conducts various training programs like strategic planning (vision-mission), teambuilding, leadership and personal transformation, emotional maturity at the workplace, critical incident stress debriefing, MBTI, Enneagram, proactive teen parenting, understanding emotional, behavioral, and learning disorders of children, equipping your child for academic excellence and many others.

On the side, he is in the Faculty of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business teaching Leadership and HR, and the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Tropical Disease Foundation, Inc. He is a Fellow of the Psychological Association of the Philippines and a Member of the Philippine Association of Graduate Educators. He is a speaker on and writer of various psychological articles. He has also guested on various TV and radio talk shows.

Thus far, Dr E has authored and published twenty-seven papers on child, parenting and family issues, psychotherapy, marketing psychology, and education. He can be reached at ruben.encarnacion60@yahoo.com, or his website www.rubenencarnacion.com.

He has three clinics at Medical Towers Makati, St. Luke’s Global City, and RCW Foundation in Loyola Heights, QC.

Ma. Isabel S. Tesoro, MBA
Loida L. Sagaran, PhD

Loida has more than 25 years of HR corporate experience from various industries such as information technology, telecommunication, pharmaceutical manufacturing, financial services and BPM. With international experience in Asia Pacific and Middle East/North Africa regions, she has held HR executive roles in MNCs like IBM, Microsoft, Toyota, SAP, All AsiaCapital Group, among others. She has been an expatriate in Singapore, China, Qatar and in Myanmar where she built up the HR practice for a start-up telecom operation. Most recently, she is the Senior General Manager (SVP) of WNS Global Services. Currently she is with INFOR, a global leader in business cloud software products as the Philippines Country Leader and concurrently the HR leader/Vice President for AsiaPacific directly managing Australia/New Zealand, Greater China – China/Hongkong/Taiwan/South Korea, India/SriLanka, ASEAN – Singapore/Malaysia/ Thailand/Indonesia/Vietnam, Japan and the Philippines.

Loida finished AB Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas, completed her MBA at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and her PhD in Organizational Development & Planning at the Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute. She teaches Human Resources.

Annabella A. Simbulan, MBA

Ms. Annabella Arriola-Simbulan is a part-time professor of Business Communication at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and Public Relations at the Ateneo Loyola Schools. She is currently with PHINMA Education as its Business Development Manager.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the Ateneo de Manila University and an MBA from the DLSU Graduate School of Business.  She recently completed a second MA in Special Education at Miriam College.

She is an experienced communication professional and has done communication work for several industries.  She has a strong background in corporate communication, marketing communication, branding, public relations, stakeholder management, events, customer service, training, and corporate social responsibility.  She has completed several major marketing communication and special projects to support sales, branding, and regulatory objectives in the last 15 years.

She was with Manila Water Company for 10 years as its Communication Manager and Compliance Manager. She was also with BFS, a mortgage servicing company, for three years as its Communication Manager, to encourage borrowers to resolve their highly delinquent mortgages. Very recently, she was Technical Editor/Writer for a five-year USAID project, Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project, to promote economic growth in second-tier Philippine cities.

She has done training and consultancy work for the private sector (PMFTC, Incuventure); development sector (UN-Habitat); NGO (Philippine Equity Foundation); the academe (St. Scholastica’s); and government (Province of Laguna).

Ms. Simbulan is also currently involved as a volunteer for the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders (PSOD), a non-stock, non-profit organization to promote the welfare of children with rare diseases and their families.

She is currently writing her first book.

 

Ma. Teresa L. Pacis, MA

Ma. Teresa L. Pacis is seasoned corporate communication practitioner now handling independent projects.

She has worked in both the government and the private sectors, designing and spearheading campaigns ranging from export promotion and consumer welfare to volunteerism and other corporate citizenship endeavors. She has written speeches for former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada and has spearheaded several events with former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. She counts GMA Network, Intel Technology Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry among her former corporate affiliations.

Pacis was a former columnist (the column focused on design and was entitled “In and Out”) of the erstwhile Manila Standard, a contributor of Sense and Style (Manila Bulletin’s glossy monthly magazine), and a segment host (Consumer Watch segment) of the radio show “Kartada Ocho Ocho Dos” (aired over DWIZ).

Aside from handling Business Communication at the AGSB, she teaches Public Relations at the Communication Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.

She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC Philippines), serving as its Treasurer and head of the Publicity and Media Committee. She was also the Corporate Secretary of Anak TV Foundation.

A Certified Crisis Communication Planner (CCP), Pacis finished Master of Arts in Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University and Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines (Diliman, QC).

Luis V. Gamboa, MBA

Luis V. Gamboa finished his BSE in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and his MBA in Finance and International Business at Loyola University Chicago in Illinois.

He started his consulting career at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) in their then Chicago headquarters.  After transferring to their Manila office in the mid-2000’s, he founded the Microsoft capability in the form of Avanade, re-established management consulting and led the Utilities consulting practice.

He is currently the Advisory services lead at Amazon Web Services, helping enterprise customers in the Philippines accelerate cloud adoption to pave the way for their digital transformation.

In 2016, he joined the Ateneo Graduate School of Business as an adjunct faculty for information technology.

Maria Cristina G. Bautista, PhD
Cyrus Paolo M. Buenafe, MSIT

Cyrus Paolo M. Buenafe has led the Quality Measures and Value Management team under Global Delivery Strategy and Operations with Hewlett-Packard Asia-Pacific Ltd, responsible for coming up with business-level recommendations for the company based on numerous models and statistical analyses derived from the industry, competitors and customers.

He was a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Research and Training Institute (IPRTI), the think tank of IPO Philippines, the government agency responsible for the enforcement and management of intellectual property in the Philippines.

He is a lifetime member of the Philippine Economic Society.

Mr. Buenafe graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree in 2001 and a Master of Science in Information Technology degree in 2002, both from the University of Asia and the Pacific. He also obtained his Master of Arts, Major in Economics degree from Ateneo de Manila University in 2008. He is a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Ateneo de Manila University.

2016 AGSB Commencement Speech by Mr. Nico Jose S. Nolledo

Congratulations Graduate Class of Ateneo 2016!

I stand before you deeply honored to be your commencement speaker. Eighteen years ago, I graduated from the Ateneo. An excited university student ready to face the world. Unfortunately, the word that welcomed me at that time was in financial turmoil. The Asian financial crisis had just reared its ugly head and thousands of corporations in the Philippines had closed down. I have a difficult time finding a job.

In search for some work, I walked the entire stretch of Ayala Avenue, going from building to building, office to office, dropping off my resume in every office lobby and HR department that would take it. Most major corporations were in freeze hire, unfortunately, and I have to endure multiple rejections from several HR departments. After a long search, I finally landed a post as a management trainee at the SM North branch of KFC. At KFC, I would spend a total of fourteen hours each work day going to North EDSA from my house in Paranaque, worked one to two shifts then head back. It wasn’t an easy life and certainly wasn’t the career start I had envisioned but for me it was a stepping stone for my entrepreneurial career.

In KFC, I learned many facets how to run a corporation. I learned marketing each time I need to think of ways getting customers to enter my store. I learned finance by making sure that the money we collected had reflected the actual chicken sales we have made during the day. I learned customer service first hand by making sure our customers enjoyed their dining experience. I learned human resources by hiring and nurturing the crew who worked tirelessly. I attribute a lot of my management acumen today to my experience working in a fast-food chain.

I was extremely humbled by the crew who worked with me at my store and I saw how it was difficult for them to make ends meet but they work hard diligently and most importantly, they had such an infectiously happy demeanor each and every day. In private conversation with me, they shared how difficult their lives were, how they struggle to make ends meet yet they find a reason to always smile.

Every time I encounter difficult trials in my life, I remember my crew at KFC. How they smile through every moment even the not so happy ones.

Recognizing the power of the Internet, I soon started my first technology business, PinoyExchange. With an investment of P10, 000.00, my partners and I took an off-the-shelf software solution and turned it into the largest Filipino online community at that time. I still remember the feeling of pride I had when I saw someone that I didn’t know surfing the website I had created across me at an Internet café. If camera phones only existed at that time, I would have taken a picture.

When PinoyExchange hit 20,000 unique visitors for the first time, I was instantly hooked. In my mind, I could see an Araneta Center full of people using a product I had created. I remembered sleeping on my desk for 1-2 hours, get up, check my website’s audience traffic then doze off again. It was then that I realized that the new communities would not be built in physical land; it would be built on the Internet where everyone in the world would come to visit something you have created if it was interesting enough.

PinoyExchange was soon purchased by iAyala, then the Ayala Group’s internet arm, and I became part of a much larger organization. In Ayala, I learned that there were six million cell phone users and only two million PC users. Given that the cost per unit of a cell phone was cheaper than a laptop, I concluded that the future of the internet was going to be the mobile phone.

With P62, 500.00 in investment money, my partners and I decided to start our mobile content company Xurpas. Leaving the safe confines of the Ayala Group to become entrepreneurs seemed like a crazy move for most of our peers, but honestly at that time, despite the odds, we felt we could not fail.

Our largest competitor at the time raised several hundred million of Pesos in capital and admittedly, my partners and I were intimidated, having only less than a hundred thousand pesos to deploy. But what we lacked in financial resources, we made up with grit and tenacity. We stuck to the basics, kept our expenses low and we focused on growing our revenues. We built an innovation process to keep on testing and launching products with a limited amount of committed capital. In a small company you learn to do everything. In order to save capital, we refrained from hiring and taking additional overhead as much as possible.

I was writing content whilst selling our products to our brand and telecom partners. My partner Raymond was designing mobile images, managing our website and also writing content. Andy, my third partner, our head of technology was managing our platform while also doing our accounting and finances. We had our hands full doing multiple tasks.

Since we were not paying ourselves salaries, we made sure to manage our personal expenses very well. To save money, we brought canned goods from home so we didn’t have to spend on lunch meals during work days. We also brought our computers and a printer from home so that we didn’t need to purchase office equipment. We saved every possible penny we could to make ends meet.

Looking back, I can honestly say that even during those most trying moments, my partners and I never once regretted our decision to leave the comforts of working in a big corporation. The conversations we had, huddled around a small corner table in the office while eating canned tuna for lunch, are priceless moments I remember with great fondness.

In 2014, Xurpas became the first mobile consumer technology company to list in the Philippine stock exchange. By ringing the stock exchange’s bell, my partners and I not only achieved our dreams, we opened the door for the next generation of dreamers.

Fifteen years ago, we started our business with less capital, experience, and resources than any of our competitors. Today we are larger than all of them put together.

Today, the world looks very different from the time when I graduated the University. We have the fourth fastest growing economy in the world, a stock exchange that has been performing strongly versus its peers and many large corporations recording record profits. The Internet spaces exploded as well. Today, we have 55 million online users. That is 55 times more than the number of Filipinos online when I started PinoyExchange back in 1999. We also have 50 million mobile smart phone consumers. That means that 50 million people with computers in their pockets would access everything known to man, the Internet. That number will be close to 60 million by year end.

With that much reach locally, a number of start-ups have emerged. Armed with ventured capital, funding technology-savvy teams and founders who have an indomitable belief that like David they took and slay Goliath who are today’s business incumbents.

Companies like Rappler have taken on other traditional media outlets with much success. Reaching tens of millions of unique online users now and several million more on social media. This purely online new startup has now expanded into Indonesia where it now generates millions of pages of online traffic and is the largest source of its traffic growth.

Startups like Pawn Hero has turned every mobile phone into a pawn shop at half the interest rates versus the traditional pawnshops and product appraisals that are much higher. It’s about to make its pawning services available to nearly a thousand physical stores via partnerships with retail outlets. So imagine, Pawn Hero has 50 million mobile stores called smart phones, a thousand physical stores with no rent, no store capex, offering loans that half of the interest rate and soon an international presence. How will incumbents compete?

We now live in a world where a mobile messenger, WhatsApp, sends over 50 billion messages every 24 hours. That’s more than double the number of text messages delivered by all the telecom companies in the world combined. The telecom company of yesterday has now turned into an app in your phone. WeChat has even taken it a step further, turning their messenger into a platform for shopping, banking, transportation management, appliance control, and so much more in China.

In this age of the Internet, we have an e-Commerce company Alibaba that sold over 14 billion dollars’ worth of merchandise in one day, in November 11, 2015. In Jack Ma’s speech at the APEC Summit here in Manila, he said that they had to slow down the sales of their site because China’s logistics system would break with a sheer volume of orders they have to process. That’s 600 million transactions processed by one company in one day.

Today, this global technology power houses are defining the way we live in a way that no traditional company has ever done before. Already the five most valuable companies in the world are tech companies with a combined net worth of two trillion dollars. That’s Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook. In ten years’ time, I believe that 90% of fortune five hundred companies will be a technology company ushering in an age of disruption that would be unprecedented scope and scale.

Dear graduates, you stand here today with an opportunity to build the next growth economy for our country. Ateneo has armed you with the skills to take on this massive challenge. You simply have to believe in yourself that you have what it takes to lead our country forward. What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Find in your heart the answer to this question and pursue the answer with all your heart.

Do not be afraid to fail. Failure simply means that you have the courage to try. When things don’t go the way you wanted to, know that you have tomorrow to try it again and again and again. Life is ultimately about its attempt. When you have doubts that you have what it takes to be all that you can be, remember my story. If a former KFC store trainee who doesn’t know to program a single line of code, who only have $500 in his pocket, can build the largest internet company in the Philippines then surely everyone can, especially you.

Congratulations once again Ateneo Graduate Class of 2016! Build a global business. Make us all proud.

Thank you.

Minimum age for criminal liability

Office of the President logo

25 January 2017

 Memo to         :           The University Community   

 Subject         :           Minimum age for criminal liability


Today, 25 January 2017, the House of Representatives Sub-Committee on Correctional Reforms held a closed-door meeting to discuss the bills which seek to lower the minimum age for criminal liability from 15 years old to a mere nine years old. Subsequently, the sub-committee decided to convene a technical working group to deliberate on the issue further.

The possibility of holding a nine-year old criminally liable finds its roots in the Revised Penal Code which was passed in 1930. Congress is contemplating returning to an outdated standard set almost 90 years ago.

Such a retreat would ignore decades worth of research in child and adolescent development, psychology, neurobiology and the social sciences.

You don’t even have to be a neuroscientist to know that “children are not little adults.” Children and adolescent brains, particularly the areas dealing with impulse control, decision-making and long-term planning, are still in the process of formation. Alongside the neurological changes is the development of a child’s conscience, which is also constantly growing.

Given that a child’s development, both physically and emotionally, is still in flux, it would be foolish to hold children to the same standard as adults. Placing children in the same facilities as adults (as it was under the old law), subverts whatever hope we have for reform and rehabilitation.

Fortunately, current Philippine law takes pains to focus on the rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law instead of incarcerating them. Even when adolescents are jailed they are required to be held in separate facilities from adult offenders. The current state of the law reflects a progressive understanding of child and adolescent development. It balances the needs of justice alongside the equally pressing need to provide an opportunity for a child to develop and grow to become a productive member of society.

The law does not need to be changed. Let us spend more energy and resources on getting children educated, raised in homes of love and safety, capable of entering the workforce in adulthood. Let us invest ourselves instead in providing all Filipino children with what they need to flourish and succeed.

The University does not support lowering the minimum age of criminal liability. As an institution tasked in the formation of young people, as an institution that takes care of students as young as six years old, we vehemently oppose such a move to criminalize children. The Ateneo de Manila will be more than glad to work with our legislators in sharing our knowledge based on the research and work that we do with children.

We remember Christ’s affection for the little ones and we take to heart his admonition to the grown-ups: “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

Let us take our children to school. Let us accompany them to God. Let us not bring them to jail.

 

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Managing and Teaching Business Ethics: Global Trends and Challenges

The Gov. Jose B. Fernandez, Jr. Ethics Center
of the Ateneo de Manila University

In partnership with

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
at the Santa Clara University in California, USA

The Lassalle-Haus Bad Schönbrunn
Zurich, Switzerland

Managing and Teaching Business Ethics:
Global Trends and Challenges
Metro Manila, Philippines
4-7 June 2017

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The Gov. Jose B. Fernandez, Jr. Ethics Center of the Ateneo de Manila University presents Managing and Teaching Business Ethics: Global Trends and Challenges. The Conference is the first leg of three regional business ethics conferences in Asia, Europe and Africa, and the United States of America and is organized in partnership with The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (Santa Clara University in California, USA), the Lassalle-Haus Bad Schönbrunn (Zurich, Switzerland) and the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS).

Various and formidable challenges to doing business in an ethical manner remain and persist. The Conference aims to bring together Business Ethics Educators, Advocates and Practitioners in order to explore responses, as these may be guided and informed by the special contributions of the Ignatian tradition, to age-old challenges to ethical business behavior as well as emerging practices within the context of rapid innovation and globalization.

Key Dates:

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 15 March 2017

Notification of Accepted Abstracts: 31 March 2017

Deadline for Registration: 01 May 2017

For more information, please send an Email to:

<business.ethics.manila.2017@ateneo.edu>

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Who Should Participate?
  • Business Ethics Faculty in the Asian Region, who intend to collaborate on research and share teaching resources;
  • Administrators and Staff of Business Schools, who are interested inincluding business ethics in their curricula;
  • Corporate Governance Professionals and Practitioners, who would like to share practices and learn about interventions that build a more ethical corporate culture; and
  • Advocates of Compliance, Governance and Ethics, who wish to learn about current trends and practices in business ethics
Call for Abstracts

The Gov. Jose B. Fernandez Jr. Ethics Center
at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

is pleased to announce this

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
for the first of a series of three Jesuit regional conferences, entitled

MANAGING AND TEACHING BUSINESS ETHICS:
GLOBAL TRENDS AND CHALLENGES

ON JUNE 4 – 7, 2017
IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES

in partnership with

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
at the Santa Clara University in California, USA

The Lassalle-Haus Bad Schönbrunn
near Zurich, Switzerland

 

 

I. CONFERENCE THEME

 

Are you a teacher of Business Ethics in a Jesuit, Catholic university, or a practitioner of business
ethics in a corporation, who is inspired by the Jesuit tradition? Are you keeping yourself updated
about global trends and practices in business ethics? Do you endorse ethical practices in business,
and would like to learn about how corporations respond to the ethical challenges that they
confront?

This conference is planned as the first of a series of three regional conferences: June 2017 in
Manila, May 2018 in Bad Schönbrunn near Zurich, and July 2019 in Santa Clara, California.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the challenges of doing business in an ethical manner
in the modern globalized world, and the special contribution that the Ignatian tradition can bring
to these challenges. The first day of the conference is devoted to academic exchange among
specialists in business ethics. The second day is a business conference, in which both academics
and practitioners will interact in sessions that are relevant for the implementation of business
ethics. Then the third day is for selected company visits, to allow all the participants to witness
first-hand how those companies have designed programs and policies that respond to the ethical
challenges of their industries.

Thus we accept all submissions of Abstracts on the following topics:

* Practice of Business Ethics in the
functional areas (Marketing, Supply
Chain, Finance, Information Technology,
et cetera)
    ….. * Business Ethics Issues: Whistle-blowing,
Bribery, Financial Reporting, Human
Rights, Conflict of Interest, the
Workplace, et cetera
* Corporate Governance and Anti-
Corruption
* The “Vocation of the Business Leader”
and Catholic Social Thought in Business
Education
*  Ethical Leadership *  Corporate Social Responsibility and
Sustainability
*   Pedagogy and Adult Learning of Business
Ethics

 

For inquiries, please send an Email to <business.ethics.manila.2017@ateneo.edu>.

 

II. PRESENTATIONS AT THE CONFERENCE

A. Oral Presentation Proposal Format. To deliver an Oral Presentation (15 Minutes), submit a
one-page Abstract that includes:

(1) a descriptive title of the lecture;
(2) a clear statement of the topic and its significance;
(3) the research methodology and key findings; and
(4) a one-paragraph biographical description of each author, including institutional
affiliation(s), and contact information.

         Please read the “Submission Process and Deadlines” in Section III below.

B. Panel Discussion or Workshop Proposal Format. To give a panel discussion or workshop (80
Minutes), submit a two-page Abstract that includes:

(1) the title of the panel discussion or workshop in the form of a statement of the problem
or issue;
(2) for a panel discussion: a description of the topic in which the problem or issue arises;
for a workshop, a description of the module and the corresponding learning activities;
(3) names of those giving oral presentations, or facilitating a workshop, as well as the titles
of their presentations;
(4) one-paragraph biographical descriptions of each person giving a presentation; and
(5) the name and contact information of the designated Panel or Workshop Chair, who will
lead the session.

         Please read the “Submission Process and Deadlines” in Section III below.

C. Poster Presentation Proposal Format. To present a poster (80 Minutes), send a one-page
Abstract that includes:

(1) the title of the poster presentation,
(2) a clear description of the topic and its significance,
(3) the research methodology and key findings,
(4) one-paragraph biographical description of each author, including institutional
affiliation(s), and contact information.

Please read the “Submission Process and Deadlines” in Section III below.

III. SUBMISSION PROCESS AND DEADLINES

A. All Abstracts (Oral Presentation, Panel Discussion, Workshop, Poster Presentation) must be
submitted in MS Word format (.doc or .docx).

B. For uniformity, please prepare the Abstract in single-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman
font. All Abstracts will be compiled and distributed in the conference kit.

C. Send all Abstracts to the Email address: <business.ethics.manila.2017@ateneo.edu>.

D. Deadline for submitting all Abstracts is extended to March 15, 2017.

E. All Abstracts will be reviewed by an academic committee. Notifications of acceptance will
be announced via Email two weeks after the deadline.

IV. OTHER DETAILS

A. The conference venue will be in the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Loyola
Heights, Quezon City.

B. A limited number of travel grants for local (from Visayas and Mindanao) and regional (from
Asia) participants will be given to those who apply. We will arrange for inexpensive oncampus
accommodations and nearby hotels for conference participants who do not live in
Manila.

C. Details concerning registration, travel grants, hotel accommodations, and transportation
within Manila will be given via Email on February 15, 2017.

D. A minimal registration fee will be charged for both local and foreign participants. However,
this registration fee may be waived for those who apply.

E. For inquiries, please send an Email to <business.ethics.manila.2017@ateneo.edu>.

Schedule of Activities

Key Dates:

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 15 March 2017

Notification of Accepted Abstracts: 31 March 2017

Deadline for Early Bird Registration: 15 April 2017

Deadline for Regular Registration: 15 May 2017

Deadline for Late Registration: 30 May 2017

For more information, please send an Email to:

<business.ethics.manila.2017@ateneo.edu>

Registration

 

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Venue and Accomodations

ACCOMMODATIONS
The official accommodation hotels for the Regional Business Ethics Conference 2017 are Eastwood Richmonde Hotel and Microtel Acropolis. For any questions regarding accommodation, please contact business.ethics.manila.2017@ateneo.edu.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel
Address: Eastwood City, 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City,, Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City, 1110 Metro Manila
Telephone Number: (+63 2) 570-7777
Website: http://www.eastwoodrichmondehotel.com.ph/

Room Type Rates
Superior Room
Single Occupancy
Inclusions:
•    Daily complimentary buffet breakfast at The Lounge
• One Internet access good for two devices
• Daily local newspaper
• Bottled water, replenished daily
• Complimentary use of fitness center and swimming pool
• Complimentary parking pass per room per night
Php 4,800.00/night


Microtel Acropolis

Address: Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, 1110 Metro Manila
Telephone Number: (+63 2) 962 8899
Website: http://www.microtel-acropolis.com/

Room Type Rates
2 Queen Beds Room
(Single & Double Occupancy)
Inclusions:
• Buffet Breakfast
• Airconditioning
• Private bathroom
• Flatscreen TV
Php 3,000.00/night
1 Queen Bed Suite
Inclusions:
• Kitchen
• Buffet Breakfast
• Airconditioning
• Private bathroom
• Flatscreen TV
Php 4,000.00/night

For reservations, please contact business.ethics.manila.2017@ateneo.edu or call +63 (02) 899-7691 local 2227.


IN-CAMPUS ACCOMMODATIONS INSIDE THE ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY.
INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL ORDER, INC.
ISO Complex, Ateneo Campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
[Dormitory-type with private toilet & bath (includes bed linen)]
[Check-in/Check-out Time: 12:00 NN]

Five quadruple-sharing rooms are available and reservations are taken on a first-come, first served basis, depending on available spaces. You may share a room with our conference participants.

TOTAL CAPACITY PER ROOM ROOM TYPE RATE
5 Rooms 4 pax/room Air-conditioned P2,300.00/room/day
P1,725.00/person

For reservations, fill up the Application and Reservation Form and send to isofacilities@gmail.com or contact +63 (02) 426-6001 local 4831 or +63 (02) 899-7691 local 2227.

Faculty Housing

Amenities:

Room 1A
• 2 single beds
• Microwave
• Electric stove
• Refrigerator and kitchenware
• Bathroom

Room 2C
• 2 double beds
• Microwave
• Electric stove
• Refrigerator and kitchenware.
• Bathroom

Inclusions:
* Water, Electricity, Internet, Cleaning twice a week (including laundry of sheets)
**Coin-operated washing machines are available on campus; Ironing is P500/day

For reservations and room rates, please contact business.ethics.manila.2017@ateneo.edu or call +63 (02) 899-7691 local 2227.

 

Leah A. Macatangay

Prof. Leah Alvino Macatangay has more than twenty-five years of experience as an industrial engineer and business professional, with corporate and individual consulting experience in operations management, supply chain, and marketing, and managerial experience in business development in several organizations.

She also has related academic experience as college professor in various universities, teaching operations management, operations research, entrepreneurship, total quality management, facilities management, strategic management, system dynamics, statistics, marketing, and business ethics.  She has held various administrator positions in the academe, including College Dean of the Entrepreneurs School of Asia, and currently, Dean of the College of Engineering of the Central Colleges of the Philippines, where she also teaches operations research, supply chain management, and total quality management in the IE Program.

She is a Thought Leader of the Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation where she does research; gives talks on corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship; and co-organizes the National CSR Educators’ Council.

She has an undergraduate degree (1983) and a masters degree (1999) in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and a masters degree in Education from the University of Asia and the Pacific (1990).  She has taken courses in education at the Istituto della Scienza de Pedagogia in Rome, Italy (1988); and is currently doing her Doctorate in Business Administration at the De La Salle University, where she is writing her dissertation on social entrepreneurship

Prof Macatangay is a member of the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Philippine Association for Engineering Schools, UP Alumni Engineers, and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of the Philippines.  She is also a member and past president of the De La Salle University Business Doctoral Society. She is a Professional Industrial Engineer (PIE), a certification issued by the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Carlos Jose P. Gatmaitan, MBA

Carlos Jose P. Gatmaitan is the Chairman of MRC Allied, Inc., a publicly listed company at the Philippine Stock Exchange which is involved in renewable energy, mining and property development. Prior to this, he was appointed by then President Benigno Aquino, Jr. as President and CEO of PNOC Renewables Corporation, a government owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) mandated to develop renewable energy in the Philippines. During his term, he was a Director of the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB).

The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) awarded Mr. Gatmaitan as Fellow of the ICD, where he is involved in the Professional Directors Program for Strategy Design for Directors. He also currently teaches Strategy Management as member of the faculty of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He previously served as Director for Colorplus Production Group, Inc., Printing Industries Association of the Philippines (PIAP), Dasmarinas Village Association, Inc., and the Pacific Plaza Corporation, Inc.

Mr. Gatmaitan is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila and completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and MBA at Pepperdine University in California, USA. He was awarded Professional Designation Certificates in International Trade and International Business Management in University of California, Los Angeles. He completed the Chartered Financial Analyst I (CFA) during his previous employment at Asia Equity Ltd., now under BNP Paribas, where he was involved in Institutional Sales and Research in the Philippine equity market.

San Miguel Corporation LMDP Batch 1 Closing Socials

San Miguel Social

It was a memorable day last June 5, 2017 for San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business-Center for Continuing Education (AGSB-CCE) as the pioneer batch of the exclusive Leadership and Management Development Program (LMDP) gather for their graduation at the SMC Head Office. 25 middle managers were recognized for their hard work, commitment, and dedication.

The event began with opening remarks and congratulatory message from Mr. Casiano B. Cabalan Jr., Vice President and Corporate HR Head of SMC. Also present were other SMC executives, Ms. Aurora T. Calderon, SVP & Senior Executive Assistant & COO, and Mr. Ferdinand K. Constantino, Vice President and Chief Finance Officer. Ms. Marleth S. Calanog, Executive Director and Dr. Jet Magsaysay, LMDP Program Director represented AGSB-CCE.

Mr. Gary A. Algodon, Mr. Richardson Blasco, Mr. Lewisito Leonillo, Mr. Noel Callanta, Mr. Ariel Azul, Ms. Ma. Margarita Tanglao, and Ms. Florence Pavon were recipients of the Director’s Award. A special recognition was also accorded to the team with the Best Integrating Project Presentation, which went to “The Beer Team: Adjunct Mix Strategy for SMC Breweries.

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION HONORS AND AWARDS

For :           ALL MBA STUDENTS

From :      OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR

Subject :  CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION HONORS AND AWARDS

Date :        24 August, 2017


This is to reiterate the standing criteria for graduation honors and awards:

1. The student should have completed all the academic requirements of the
program within four (4) years from the time he/she started the program.
Therefore, the student should have completed all the academic requirements of
the program in twelve (12) trimesters (for Standard, Middle Manager and Health
MBA’s) or 20 terms for the Ateneo-Regis MBA.

2. The student must take at least 80% of all courses for the degree at the AGSB. No
more than 20% of all courses should have been validated from other schools.

3. The student should have earned a cumulative QPI of at least 3.75 to merit the
gold medal award.

4. The student should have earned a cumulative QPI between 3.6500 and 3.7499 to
merit the silver medal award. No rounding-off will be allowed.

5. The student should have no grade lower than 3.0 in any subject.

6. The student should not have more than five (5) withdrawals with permission
(WP).

7. The student should have no INCOMPLETE (INC) grades.

8. CCE courses credited as electives of the MBA program are included in QPI
calculations for honors purposes.

9. The student should not have been found guilty of any serious violations of the
school’s academic and administrative policies.

The Office of the Registrar evaluates the records and prepares the list of candidates
for honors and awards to be submitted to the Dean.

Please be guided accordingly.

Updated: Tuition and Fees, School Year 2017-2018

Memorandum:

To            : All students enrolled in MBA programs of the AGSB

From      : Rodolfo P. Ang, Dean

Re            : Tuition and Fees, School Year 2017-2018


We would like to inform the AGSB community that we will be implementing a 6% increase in tuition and fees for School Year 2017 – 2018 across all MBA Programs.

We are also introducing two new fees for the coming School Year:

1.Student Information Fee
The Ateneo Professional Schools, made up of the AGSB, the Law School, the School of Government, and the School of Medicine and Public Health, is migrating to a new Student Information System (SIS) called Quercus (by Ellucian), which we believe will significantly improve our students’ experience when registering and accessing their student records. Quercus is the SIS industry standard, used by many of the leading schools worldwide. This service is made available to us at a significant additional cost, precipitating the need for this new fee. Upon consultation with the AGSB Student Council, we have agreed to introduce this fee in two phases, to mitigate its impact on our student body. An SIS fee of P300.00 per student will be collected every trimester/term for SY 2017-2018. This fee will be increased to P600.00 per student in SY 2018-2019, after which it will be subject to the regular annual increase in tuition and fees.

2. Equipment and Materials Fees for the Regis Program
This fee will be familiar to students enrolled in all the MBA programs of the AGSB except the Regis program. The AGSB has been subsidizing the Equipment and Materials fees for students in the Regis program since its offering in 1997. We will no longer be extending this subsidy to any of the incoming students of the Regis program beginning SY 2017-2018. Students who started their program prior to this coming school year will continue to enjoy the subsidy until the end of their studies.

The increase in tuition and fees is being undertaken to ensure our financial viability and our continued ability to provide quality graduate business education for our students. Specifically, this increase will be used to cover anticipated increases in our operating and capital expenses, including additional mandated outlays for personnel, instructional and office supplies, course and curriculum development, faculty and staff development, utilities, facilities repairs and improvements, and our contribution to the University’s Central Administration.

The new schedule of program fees and the Commission on Higher Education’s letter of approval are attached. These new fees shall take effect First Trimester of SY 2017 – 2018. We are issuing this announcement in advance to give all those concerned adequate time to consider the impact of these increases in their financial planning.

Graduation Reflection Speech by Ayedee Ace M. Domingo, II, MD, MBA

Gold Medalist Ayedee Ace M. Domingo, II, MD, MBA renders his graduation reflection Speech

THREE LESSONS I LEARNED IN MBA

Graduation Reflection by Ayedee Ace M. Domingo, II, MD, MBA

Our guest of honor, Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua, representing Secretary Carlos Dominguez III of the Department of Finance, AGSB MBA class of 1969;
Mr. Roberto Delgado, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University
Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin of the Society of Jesus, President of the Ateneo de Manila University
Fr. Jose Cruz of the Society of Jesus, Vice President for University and Global Relations
Dr. Antonette Palma Angeles, Vice President for the Ateneo Professional Schools
Dr Maria Luz Vilches, Vice President for the Loyola Schools
Dean Rodolfo Ang of the Graduate School of Business
Dean Ronald Mendoza of the School of Government
Mr. Joaquin Julian Agtarap, Registrar of the Ateneo Professional Schools
Members of the Board of Trustees, AGSB Administrators, Faculty and Staff, honored guests, my fellow graduates :

Good afternoon.

I have a confession to make.  To tell you the truth, before I started MBA at Ateneo, I was the absolute worst kind of student possible – I was a skeptical one.  In the beginning, I honestly did not believe in an MBA degree.   Yes, I know – that is probably the worst thing anybody can say in an MBA graduation.  But before you take out your pitchforks and burn me in the parking lot, please allow me to finish my reflection.

Why did I not believe in an MBA degree?  Not because I thought that an MBA or an Ateneo education was unworthy or without value.  As a matter of fact, I held them both in high regard.  Ever since the age of six, I had been drinking the Ateneo Kool-Aid.  I spent my grade school and high school years at Loyola.  The Ateneo had given me the basic foundation to navigate the challenges of the world.  But the world has changed since I was six years old.  Anyone can now learn business subjects online on sites such as Coursera, without ever having to set foot in a classroom.  We now live in an era where a person can become insanely successful and wealthy without ever needing an MBA degree.  Of the ten richest people in the world, only one of them has an MBA – and he’s number 10.  And among the commencement speakers of AGSB in the last three years, none of them had MBAs.  Now you understand my skepticism.

So why did I take MBA at all?  My wife and I work as administrators of a small hospital, and the Department of Health now requires hospital administrators to complete at least 18 units of business subjects.   My wife and I are both doctors, so we thought that we may as well do the whole nine yards and enroll in a full-fledged MBA program.  We were choosing between UP Diliman and Ateneo Rockwell, which were virtually tied, despite the fact that UP was just 5 minutes away from our house, while Rockwell was 90 minutes farther.  If only there was an MBA at Loyola, for sure we would have immediately applied there, even if it meant an additional excruciating 3 minutes of traffic from UP.  As luck would have it, we missed the deadline for application at Diliman.  So, for whatever reason, whether it was because of a requirement of the DOH, or a thirst for knowledge, or love for my wife, there I was studying at the Ateneo again.  There I was, but still skeptical of MBA.

So what happened in two years to change my perspective?  At the Ateneo, I met teachers from whom I learned three important lessons that I never would have learned just by reading a book, or surfing an online course, or enrolling in another MBA school.  Don’t get me wrong — I was very fortunate to study under some of the best teachers at Ateneo.  All of my teachers were brilliant, but I cannot possibly mention them all, much less narrate all the lessons they taught me.  So for this afternoon, allow me to honor and pay tribute to these three teachers and recount the lessons that I learned from them.

The first teacher on my list is also, coincidentally, the first teacher I ever met at Ateneo.  He is our mace bearer for this afternoon, Professor Ralph Ante, my teacher in Quantitative Methods, or “Quanti” for short.  Quanti is one of the most difficult subjects I ever studied not just in MBA, but in my whole life.  There were times when I wanted to quit, and many of those times were just during the first hour of class.  The one thing that I would always remember about Prof Ante is his favorite line when making his students solve a Quanti problem.  He would always say : “madali lang yan.”  Little did we know, when Prof Ante says “madali lang yan”, for us his students, it actually meant “mahirap yan”.  Of course, when he gives a problem and says “mahirap yan”…maniwala ka na.  Under Prof Ante, I appreciated the value of hard work and determination.  I would say those very same words “madali lang yan” in my mind during Quanti exams when faced with a seemingly impossible problem to solve.  And, when I would successfully arrive at the correct solution, I would realize that, “oo nga, madali lang yan.”  “Madali lang yan” kung pinaghirapan at pinag-ukulan ng pansin.  Since then, the words “madali lang yan” would take on a whole new meaning for me.   They would remind me that nothing of real value ever comes easy; that if you try, yes you might fail, but if you don’t try, then you’ve already failed.  That you do not have to fear failure, because no matter how many times you get something wrong, you only have to be right once.

The second teacher I would like to mention is a certified (quote unquote) “terror” in school.  She is none other than Professor Mila Bulan.  In Prof Bulan’s Economics class, I learned the meaning of words like “demand curve”, “elasticity”, and “comparative advantage”.  I also learned the meaning of the word “fear”.  Yes, I was scared, and that was even before I enrolled in her class.  Despite this reputation, she is highly sought after as a teacher and mentor.  As I got to know her better in the weeks that followed, I discovered that beneath that tough exterior is the heart of a most caring teacher.  She pushes her students to study not just because she cares about them, but, as I would later surmise, because she cares about our country, and she would like you to do the same.  As scary as Prof Mila was at first, what would be more terrifying is an MBA graduate leading an organization, but lacking the competence or heart required of the job.  From Prof Mila, I realized that one must have genuine love of country and genuine love for our countrymen.  Compassion limited only to those we care about, or those we grew up with, or those we agree with, does not make us compassionate.  It merely makes us tribal.  We may be Ateneans or La Sallians or mga Skolar ng Bayan.  We may be Manilenos, or Cebuanos, or Ilonggos.  We may be Christians or Muslims or Buddhists.    But we are not just the labels that divide us.  We are, all of us, Filipinos.  To truly build a better country, we must think not just of our own children, but of all children.  To even begin to love our country, we must think if what we are doing reflects who we truly are and what we want to become.  We must think about what makes us truly Filipino.

Under this next teacher, I took a class which was unique to the Ateneo MBA.  In the Leadership class of Professor Mars Balgos, I was given insight on the true nature of leadership.  As I expected, it was not like any other leadership program.  At times, the class made me uncomfortable, as I am sure it was designed to do.  There was a lot of laughter and some crying, but there was no discussion of what leaders actually did.  Instead, we talked about how leaders lived and who they are.    I was introduced to the four leadership principles practiced by the Jesuits for hundreds of years – self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism.  Prof Mars helped me and my classmates clarify what the Japanese call ikigai, or one’s reason for being, one’s reason for waking up each day.  Ikigai is the intersection of that which you love, that which the world needs, that which you can be paid for, and that which you are good at.  The key to happiness is finding your ikigai.  Because of these ideas, I consider the Leadership class to be the cornerstone of my MBA education.  Although the lectures had to come to a close, Leadership is the one class that we can never fully complete, because the work of leadership never really ends.  It is the one subject that will follow us for the rest of our lives.

Finally, this list would not be complete without honoring my very first teacher – my mother.    Just like most of you, your mothers (or fathers) were also your very first teacher.  My mother finished salutatorian in her high school class, and was the only one of her siblings to have the opportunity to go to college.  Mama worked as a humble grade school teacher until she retired.  From her, I learned that we should always look after one another no matter what.  In her later years, she would develop a rare disease, which would rob her of her strength and her balance, but not her beauty nor her spirit.  She passed away earlier this year, and all of this is as much a tribute to her, as it is for my teachers in Ateneo.  Thank you for everything, Mama.  Thank you for everything, to my wife (who is also graduating today), our children, my brother and sisters who took care of our mother, and my professors who took care of me.  All of this is also because of you.

The value of hard work and determination, the importance of love of country, the true nature of leadership – all of these I learned at the Ateneo.  Without these, everything else I studied would have been in vain.  Once we step out and start our lives as Ateneo MBA graduates, we may not be called upon to cure a rare disease, or to stop global warming, or to eradicate inequality.  Not immediately, anyway.  But make no mistake – much is being asked of us, because much has been given, whether our task may be big or small.  And there are times when our task will be incredibly immense.  The problems we faced in our books pale in comparison to the ones that await us when we leave this room.  Our world and our country are divided like never before.  Children are dying in Marawi and in the streets.  6 out of 10 Filipinos live their entire lives without ever seeing a doctor.  The problems are timeless and seem endless.

How do we even begin to solve these seemingly impossible problems?  To borrow the words of one of my teachers, “madali lang yan.”

It has been a great honor and privilege to speak before you today.  God bless you all, God bless the Ateneo, and may God bless our country.

2017 AGSB Commencement Speech by Hon. Carlos G. Dominguez

SERVANT-LEADERS FOR THE NATION
Carlos G. Dominguez
Secretary of Finance

 

Commencement Address
Ateneo Graduate School of Business
October 8, 2017
Loyola Heights

 

Dean Rodolfo P. Ang, the distinguished faculty of this great business school, proud

parents, talented graduates:

 

Before anything else, let me extend my warmest congratulations to this

institution on your 50th year. Through five decades, the Ateneo Graduate School of

Business maintained the adequacy of its programs and produced some of the most

notable business leaders in the country. You have cultivated among the strongest

graduate business faculties in the region.

 

In addition to the usual business school program, this institution brings an

added value: a clear ethical standpoint.

 

The best business schools there are produce more than artisans in the craft

of creating wealth. They produce leaders for modern societies driven by enterprise.

 

Ateneo de Manila University, being what it is, produces something more than

persons with functional skills. This institution produces conscientious graduates,

persons inclined to be of service to others. The Ateneo Graduate School of Business,

therefore, produces servant-leaders.

 

Business skills, as you might have learned from this school, is more than

merely producing profit. The business of business is to meet needs, supply demand,

organize productivity, create great products and, broadly speaking, improve lives

and communities.

 

Great business leaders bring out the best in others. They nurture talents by

rewarding achievement. They encourage productivity by opening opportunities.

They bring people together to produce synergy, making organizations more

powerful than the sum of all who are in it. They inspire people by uncovering what

is possible and by making possible what might have been unimaginable.

 

This year’s graduates surely learned everything there is to learn about doing

business. The challenge now is to be leaders in our communities, to use the

problem-solving skills you learned here to actually solve real-life problems that

beset our society.

 

I challenge all of you to seek not the comfort of air-conditioned offices early

in your careers. Those offices dull the conscience and blunt your skills. Instead, you

who are young and bright-eyed and full of idealism must go out to communities that

are cluttered, disillusioned and disheartened. Help sort out the problems there.

Build social enterprises. Organize the poor. Create capacity where there seems very

little. Be crusaders for ethical business practices. Protect our environment.

 

You are all familiar with the concept of “barefoot doctors.” Many of our

medical schools have encouraged their students to go out and help their

communities as paramedics. Many have programs that encourage young interns to

work in far-flung communities. There they best appreciate what needs to be done

with our health care system. They understand the typical diseases that afflict our

poorer communities. They become familiar with herbal treatments not usually

covered by standard medical education. A few schools offer scholarships on the

condition the fresh graduates invest the first years of their practice in district

hospitals.

 

We might want to explore the development of parallel programs for our

business schools. After all, the vast majority of our people work in microenterprises,

cooperatives and small agribusinesses. They daily confront the

challenges of meeting payrolls, sourcing supply, figuring out distribution channels

for their products and dealing with the limitations of our micro-finance networks.

These are challenges that incite the imagination.

 

Working for an established corporation is easy. With a good credit history,

financing is readily accessible. With better pay, human resource is rarely a problem.

With accumulated experience, management approaches rarely need to be inventive.

 

It is a different world for small enterprises. They do not have the credit

history to readily access financing. They may have excellent products, but no

distribution networks for them. They need you expertise. You will need the

experience working in the raw.

 

If we are able to build a strong base of small but competently run enterprises,

the impact on our country’s poverty profile will be dramatic. Opportunities for the

poorer rural communities will multiply. Linkages with the established corporate

networks will come more easily.

 

Some development analysts attribute our relative backwardness on having a

weak culture of entrepreneurship. We need to address that. Be preachers of

enterprise to our people. Teach them to seek out opportunities, take risks and even

court failure.

 

Early in you careers, it should be easy to be bolder. Take risks. Deal with

failure. Profit from the lessons of starting up businesses. All the learning will be

profitable for you later in life. There is no substitute for getting you feet wet to grasp

how things work in our society.

 

If we could somehow institutionalize small business immersion programs in

the curriculum of this school, that will give flesh to our University’s mission of

building “Men for Others.” The Ateneo Graduate School of Business must be a

functional asset for cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship for our society. That is

the only advice I can leave you.

 

In closing, allow me to humbly thank this institution for the honor of

considering me an outstanding alumnus. I am not sure what exactly I have done to

deserve this honor. I suppose it gives me the privilege of badgering you from time to

time to contribute talent for government work.

 

To the graduates, I wish you the best. You have been sufficiently equipped by

this school. The direction you take in your careers is entirely your choice.

 

Thank you and good day.

 

Teresa Maria A. Custodio
Ruth Gerochi
Gilda D. Salud
Wilfrido Victor E. Arcilla

Wilfrido “Willy” Victor Esguerra Arcilla is a subject matter expert and recognized authority on Marketing and Leadership, offering public seminars and conferences, corporate training and in-house workshops, 1on1 advisory and consultancy on Marketing, Branding and Advertising; Business Strategy and Corporate Planning; Leadership and Personal Development, Economics and Nation-Building.

Willy Arcilla believes that “Marketing is what anyone must do, while Leadership is what anyone must have” so his unique 2-in-1 seminar plus 1on1 consultancy is called “The Marketing and Leadership Clinic”, whose main benefit for participants is “Stronger People and Stronger Brands”, because ultimately, he posits “Healthier Brands are Wealthier Brands”.

He has chalked up 25 years of extensive experience around the Asia-Pacific region working for US Fortune 500 Companies like Procter & Gamble Philippines, SC Johnson & Son Indonesia, The Coca-Cola Company China, and Top 1000 Philippine Conglomerates like San Miguel Corporation in Greater China, the Philippines and International, Universal Robina Corporation in Asia-Pacific and the RFM Corporation-Branded Food Group in the Philippines.

After his corporate career, Willy Arcilla has been offering training and consultancy services for Philippine companies and MSMEs to help them level up and succeed in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

Due to his proven track record in turning around troubled companies and revitalising sick brands, he has earned the monicker “The Marketing Doctor” or “The Brand Doctor”. Willy Arcilla attributes his philosophy in healing brands to his family background. Raised in a family of doctors, Willy Arcilla imbibed the principles of the medical profession in formulating marketing solutions for business problems.

He is a recipient of the Agora Award for Marketing Excellence in the Asia-Pacific region from the Philippine Marketing Association, and a Special Citation from the Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Business Column.

He is a Mentor under the Go NeGOsyo and DTI Kapatid Mentor Me Program and an ASEAN Mentor (AMEN) of the ASEAN Business and Advisory Council. He teaches Strategic and Marketing Management at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business MBA Programs at Rockwell Makati.

In 2017-18, he was engaged as a Consultant for Brand Equity Development by the Department of Trade and Industry to help hundreds of MSMEs nationwide upgrade their marketing and branding to become more globally competitive. He has also conducted seminars and workshops for the Department of Trade and Industry-Board of Investments, Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Tourism-Tourism Promotion Board.

Willy Arcilla holds a B.S. Business Administration from the UP Diliman (cum laude) and a M.Sc. in Industrial Economics from the Center for Research & Communication, the economic think-tank of the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Healing a Nation — Building a Nation

Driven by his personal advocacy, he has gone beyond “healing brands to healing a nation”, beyond “building brands to building a nation” so he also lectures on national economic issues, emphasizing the importance of agriculture as the foundation for inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, upgrading Micro Small & Medium-Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) as the basic unit of the economy, and instead of relying on OFW remittances, promoting merchandise exports and Filipino brands in the world market, attracting foreign direct investments and driving tourism.

Willy Arcilla applies an holistic approach to healing brands and revitalising companies, to solving business problems and national economic issues, by applying strategic thinking and innovative solutions, a “scientific method” and a “clinical eye”, a global perspective and a long-term outlook which he credits to the unique combination of an education in both business and economics, a medical family background and a corporate career working as an expatriate in the Greater China region and in the ASEAN for multinational companies and leading Philippine conglomerates.

 

Michael P. Celis
Lysander P. Ragodon
Pilar U. Tolentino, MM

Pilar Unidad-Tolentino is the Chair for Leadership and Strategy Department of the John Gokongwei School of Management of the Ateneo de Manila University.  She also serves as the Assistant Director of the Ateneo Family Business Development Center.

Pilar is a faculty member of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) – a Boston, USA –based professional organization of family business members, advisors, and academics, – with currently more than 1,800 members from more than 88 countries around the world. Pilar teaches in FFI classes handling subjects on Family Business and Wealth Advising.

As a family business consultant, she is a resource person and a facilitator in the area of strengthening the family relationship, professionalizing the family and the business, managing conflicts and differences, bridging and connecting multi-generational family members, establishing family business governance, succession planning, and creating a family-team.

Pilar is a graduate of B.S. Management –Honors Program (Cum Laude) of the Ateneo de Manila University, and completed her Masters in Management (with Distinction) at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). She received her certification on Family Business Advising through the Global Education Network (GEN) program of FFI and was the first Filipino awardee of the DeVisscher & Co. scholarship.  Pilar is also a pastoral family counselor at the Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM)

Techne 7 is Out

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Dean Rudy Ang receives from Professor Ralph Ante the ‘first-print’ copy of the seventh issue of Department of Operations and Information Technology’s magazine (TECHNE 7) during Dean Ang’s birthday celebration last January 20, 2018.

 

The  Department of Operations and Information Technology’s Techne magazine features articles from AGSB students employing management science, operations management and information technology tools in different organizations to highlight their understanding of how such tools could be used in the organization’s operations to achieve optimum results. The current issue, TECHNE 7, features six articles which are aligned to the AGSB’s 50th anniversary theme of “Leading by serving, serving by leading.”

The previous issues of Techne magazine can be downloaded at this link http://gsb.ateneo.edu/research/gsb-student-business-review-techne/

 

 

 

 

AGSB adds Central Luzon Doctor’s Hospital as a partner

 

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From Left: Godofredo V, Dungca, III,M.D., Medical Director of Central Luzon Doctor’s Hospital (CLDH), Ferdinand Francis Ma. D.L. Cid, M.D., CLDH President, Ateneo GSB Dean Rodolfo P. Ang, MBA and Ateneo MBA- Health Program Director, Gloanne C. Adolor, RPh, MD, MS, MBA-Health, FPCP

 

TARLAC CITY- Ateneo Graduate School of Business is proud to add to its roster of institutional partners the Central Luzon Doctors’ Hospital last June 2018.

Central Luzon Doctor’s Hospital (CLDH) is a private 200-bed tertiary-level training hospital located along Hospital Drive, Barangay San Vicente, Tarlac City, Tarlac, Philippines. CLDH is accredited by the Department of Health (DOH) and by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). CLDH is a proud member of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAP) and the Philippine Hospital Association (PHA), and recently the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

The Ateneo Graduate School of Business believes that the partnership with CLDH will create great impact with its thrust towards Nation Building in the consideration of the latter’s prowess in the field of Medicine. CLDH is considered to be the largest hospital in Tarlac and was acquired by the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) last 2013.

Ateneo GSB knows that by being a part of the development of the management and staff of CLDH through its Ateneo MBA-Health program offering, this can contribute to a strong excellence culture in the said institution and can be a point for encouraging other hospitals to emulate the same mindset
To know more about the MBA-Health or any other Ateneo GSB program, email admissions. gsb@ateneo.edu or contact 899-7691 loc. 2214 for details.

 

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NMAT by GMAC Entrance Exam

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NMAT by GMAC™ Exam
The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) , owner and administrator of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) exam is now here in the Philippines. It recently launched its NMAT by GMAC™ exam which enables schools to recruit top talents.
Ateneo GSB is a preferred learning partner and shall serve as the official testing center of the internationally- administered NMAT by GMAC.
Applicants can now use their NMAT by GMAC scores in applying for any of the degree programs in the Ateneo GSB. To apply and take the exam, all you need to do is the following:
1. Create an account on nmat.org.
2. Follow the registration and online payment process stated in the NMAT by GMAC™ website
3. Take the exam here at the Ateneo GSB on any of your preferred date. Testing schedule is from Nov 4- 30, 2018 with timeslot of 8:30 am , 12:30 noon and 3:30 pm noon everyday including Sundays
4. Upon release of the online exam results, you may proceed to use your test score in applying to Ateneo GSB’s different programs by simply contacting our Admissions office through the following:
Ziela Andatar
Admissions Office
Mobile Hotline:0905-4849041
Email: Admissions. gsb@ateneo.edu

S.r. No Service Fee
1 Registration USD 75+ applicable taxes (if any)
2 Retake Registration USD 75 + applicable taxes (if any)
3 Re-schedule USD 30 + applicable taxes (if any)

To fully understand mechanics and applicable testing fee, proceed to nmat.org
6. As a special offer, Exam Fee will be refunded to your first term’s tuition fee when you enroll here at the Ateneo GSB.
7. To know more about our Degree programs, click on this link:
http://gsb.ateneo.edu/programs/standard-mba-program/

 

 

 

 

NMAT by GMAC Entrance Exam

NMAT by GMAC™ Exam

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) , owner and administrator of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) exam is now here in the Philippines. It recently launched its NMAT by GMAC™ exam which enables schools to recruit top talents.
Ateneo GSB is a preferred learning partner and shall serve as the official testing center of the internationally- administered NMAT by GMAC.
Applicants can now use their NMAT by GMAC scores in applying for any of the degree programs in the Ateneo GSB. To apply and take the exam, all you need to do is the following:

1. Create an account on nmat.org.

2. Follow the registration and online payment process stated in the NMAT by GMAC™ website

3. Take the exam here at the Ateneo GSB on any of your preferred dates. The testing schedule is every Thursday to Sunday with a timeslot of 9:00 am, 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.

4. Upon the release of the online exam results, you may proceed to use your test score in applying to Ateneo GSB’s different programs by simply contacting our Admissions office through the following:

Redson Solicar
Admissions Office
Mobile Hotline:0905-4849041
Email: Admissions. gsb@ateneo.edu

S.r. No Service Fee
1 Registration USD 75+ applicable taxes (if any)
2 Retake Registration USD 75 + applicable taxes (if any)
3 Re-schedule USD 30 + applicable taxes (if any)

To fully understand mechanics and applicable testing fee, proceed to nmat.org

6. As a special offer, Exam Fee will be refunded to your first term’s tuition fee when you enroll here at the Ateneo GSB.

7. To know more about our Degree programs, click on this link:
http://gsb.ateneo.edu/programs/standard-mba-program/

The Road Doesn’t End in Bendum: an Ateneo GSB immersion project

The Road Doesn’t End in Bendum: an Ateneo GSB immersion project

By Angelo Gonzales & Jayvann Olaguer

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Once a source of dipterocarp hardwood for the lumber industry in the ‘80s, Bendum is now starting to recover: indigenous plants and trees have sprouted once again, and endemic wildlife is returning to its once biodiverse forests where the Pulangiyens struggle to sustain a living.

Student-leaders from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and the Loyola Schools John Gokongwei School of Management enriched their business and sustainability knowledge with topics such as modern agriculture and GMOs, upland farming practices, Laudato Si’, and the Jesuit Province Roadmap of Mindanao through the first-ever 6-day Leadership and Sustainability Camp held in Sitio Bendum, Barangay Busdi, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, from August 23-28, 2018. In collaboration with the AGSB Student Council and the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC), AGSB Dean Rudy Ang envisioned this pioneer program to be an experience at the grass roots level for business professionals and MBA Students who will eventually become leaders and decision-makers in their own companies.

 

Bendum and Its Livelihood

Warmly welcomed by Fr. Pedro Walpole S.J., Director for Research of the ESSC, and Andres Ignacio, Ph.D., Director for Planning and Geomatics of the ESSC, a Pandawat (Welcome) ritual was performed by members of the Tribal Council of Bendum when they arrived to formally welcome the delegates to the Pulangiyen tribe.

Sitio Bendum, a community which can be found at the end of the dirt road, is situated some 48 kilometers northwest of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon’s capital, which is also the same site of a Pulangiyen community ancestral domain . The primary means of livelihood in the Upper Pulangi Valley, of which Bendum is part, is corn farming where a cropping cycle spans 4-months. The farmers mainly plant yellow-variant GMO corn and another locally hybridized variety called as ‘sige-sige’. To protect their crops from weeds and other infestations, farmers spray chemicals such as Triple S, Weedout, and Roundup. Without proper handling, these chemicals may become very harmful to the farmers as the active ingredient of these herbicides is glyphosate, a chemical known to be a carcinogen.

After harvesting, their crops will be sold to companies manufacturing livestock feeds where a kilogram of shelled corn can sell for as low as Php 10.00 to as high as Php 20.00. The prices normally  depend on the buyer’s assessment, primarily based on the quality of the harvest produced.

To finance their cropping activities at the beginning of the cycle, most smallholder farmers approach private financers to take out loans to finance expensive agricultural technology of GMOs. Since applying for bank financing would take longer and requires a lot of paperwork and visits to the sentro, some farmers opt for private financing where the interest rates reach as high as 10% per month, compared with the 2%-2.5% per month offered by rural banks. Their lands, at times, may be used as a collateral for private financing. If farmers are unable to repay their debt after harvest, their lands will be taken away or they will work for their financers on their own land until they are able to repay their debt. Exploitation, health hazards and weather extremes under these circumstances are unavoidable, but these are just some of the harsh realities the local farmers face every cropping cycle.

 

Regeneration of the Forest and the Community

In the 1970s and 1980s, logging heavily damaged Bendum’s forest as the timber harvesting became rampant. Fr. Pedro and his dedicated team are taking responsibility in regenerating what  remains of forests of Bendum. In partnership with the tribal council of Bendum, Fr. Pedro and his team were able to source funds to build a water system for the community in 1996 to provide potable water to drink. This water system became a key element in the regeneration of the forest as maintaining a proper tree cover was necessary to ensure the quantity and quality of the water supply of the community.  A system of collecting wildlings of indigenous forest trees was applied and improved which allowed young trees to be nurtured and transplanted in degraded areas to help the forest regenerate. Seedlings are collected from ‘mother trees’ in the forest that produce good seed stock and transferred to nurseries in Bendum by youth forest managers. These youth foresters will nurture the plants until they are old enough to be planted back in degraded forest patches. This method of fast-tracking the natural regeneration process is called Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR). To date, ESSC is nursing indigenous plants in the area to help rebuild its ecosystem.

 

Down from the mountain

Having a chance to engage with lumad and migrant corn farmers and indigenous youth leaders on topics about corn cultivation, their daily struggles, challenges, and their plans for sustainability, the delegates were inspired by the work of Fr. Pedro in Bendum. While everyone realizes that everything in the environment is slowly deteriorating, there is still hope – a hope that comes from the solidarity with these communities. They were advised that starting a sustainable living is hard specially that they live in the city where there are limited options to fulfil this promise. This type of living must be adapted slowly so that it can be integrated in their lives. The same is also true when it comes to business decisions. Ethical and environmental questions will always arise: to choose a cheaper material that would be harmful for the environment or to choose an expensive one that is ‘environment-friendly’; to use hazardous chemicals that would help efficiency or to be organic which is at times expensive and inefficient. Nonetheless, one must choose. But in choosing, one must always remember magis, an Ignatian value oftenly referred to as ‘more.’ It is not only doing more than what is required. It is all about choosing ‘the more loving option.’ Considering this as a gauge will definitely help in coming up with better sensible decisions. With all of these in mind, the 6-day camp was indeed enlightening to the participants who have already started their journey from Bendum.

 

Graduation Reflection Speech by Samantha Iris B. Ui, MBA

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2018 AGSB COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

09 December 2018

 

Reflection Speech

Samantha B. UI, MBA Regis Program

 

Our guest of honor and Commencement Speaker Mr. Manolito T. Tayag;

Mr. Ernesto Tanmantiong, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University;

Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin of the Society of Jesus, President of the Ateneo de Manila University;

Dr Maria Luz Vilches, Vice President for the Loyola Schools;

Dean Rodolfo Ang of the Graduate School of Business;

Dean Manuel Dayrit of the School of Medicine;

Dean Ronald Mendoza of the School of Government;

Mr. Rey Reyes, Registrar of the Ateneo Professional Schools;

AGSB Administrators, Faculty and Staff, honored guests, and my fellow graduates:

Good afternoon!

There are two reasons why I found myself applying for an MBA program. The first is the constant reminder from my mother that I am the only “undergraduate” in the family. The second reason being I initially wanted to take the CFA certification exams, but a month into studying for the first exam, my mother told me to just take my MBA as I may not be able to pass the CFA as it required me to study on my own.

So why did I choose Ateneo? I did not want to leave my job just to pursue my MBA. That was one thing I was very adamant about. Other schools were either too far or too time-consuming which left me with two choices – La Salle or Ateneo? Tough choice but being able to speak to the former AGSB registrar, Mr. Jayjay Agtarap, and knowing Dean Rudy Ang as the Dean of Ateneo School of Management during my time in Loyola helped humanize AGSB for me.

I was skeptical at first, I thought that this MBA would just be a repeat of college but with a higher degree. Beyond this, some would question the purpose of going to school and paying thousands per term when there are so many e-books, self-help books, and other resources available all over the internet.  But I kept an open mind as Dean Rudy Ang shared something that struck me during the orientation seminar in AGSB. Dean Ang told us that there are some things you just cannot not learn from books as you learn it from the people in your classes.

The AGSB professors I encountered throughout my stay were seasoned professionals in their own industries. They taught us lessons and insights based on actual experience and real-life situations – things we would not have been able to learn just by reading books. Our professors – who sit with us here today – It is their knowledge, patience, and unselfishness that provide us the medium to grow.

Professor Balgos is one example. Rather than merely having us learn about leadership from books, he wanted to nurture the leaders in each of his students during the semester. By the end of 8 weeks, he wanted us to realize why we are who we are and make us aware of our passion. Upon finding this passion, he further pushed us to think of how this all goes together, to find our own purpose. While very short, this had a tremendous impact on me and his students, as he kept reminding us to find our calling and to use this to make a difference. I hope your MBA journey helped you discover your passion and with this opened your eyes to your own purpose and calling.

With Professor Ante, while his subject was marked as the hardest subject (other than Strama), he always tried to lighten the stress and tension in the class.  Whenever you ask him a question be it Quanti-related or not, first thing he will ask you is “ano ba ang objective mo?” He always focused on the end goal. He made sure to always challenge his students and of course kept on reminding us of our mission to foster nation building, after all, we are Ateneans. Knowing your passion and calling, we must always keep this as our objective in life, and let this be our driving reason, how to put these together to find your purpose and how to make a difference and foster nation building.

These were just some of the lessons that have profoundly contributed to my learning in AGSB. But it was not only the professors who made the experience richer. My classmates also made the 3 years worthwhile. A group of guys that started out as my Infotech groupmates when they decided to be nice and adopt me as I did not have a group remain to be my support system even beyond MBA. While all very different in terms of career, they remain to be my goons who each share their time, knowledge and experiences.

I cannot imagine going through Leader without our classmates sharing a part of themselves every session to provide more concrete examples and lessons. Each person opened up their lives and shared their own passion and purpose, helping us further realize our own.  Learning from each person helped me further grow into the person I am today. This is something books cannot replicate.

Quanti would not have been the same without the classmates who always made sure to provide more tangible applications on how the models taught can be used in real-life. How each model can be applied to different industries is something that made the lessons more understandable. Also, what started out as an assigned group, coupled with the weekly reports and requirements plus the final project forced us to spend road trips, days, and sleepless nights together just to get our project completed. Other than the discipline to be able to focus on completing our projects in a short span of time, the friendship built is something that I am very grateful for.

I hope that we all took the extra step to make this journey worthwhile by meeting people, making friends, listening to what each one has to share, and most importantly helping each other out. It is through these people, our professors, classmates, AGSB administrators and staff, that we truly are able to magnify our learning professionally and personally. This Jesuit education teaches us to be men and women for others – more than an Ateneo tagline, I see this deeply fulfilled in AGSB in how we learn from each other.   I hope that this education pushes us to open our eyes to what is going on around us, and to become the man or woman for others this institution hopes us to become. I hope we all have it in our minds to actually act on the call that our Leadership classes and interactions with the people throughout tried to make us realize.

To my AGSB classmates, friends, and goons, who helped make this journey worthwhile, thank you for sharing your time and experiences. Thank you for being my support system throughout.

To the AGSB professors, Professor Lansang, Aracid, Ang, Palo, Consunji, Ng, Mina, Tanchangco, de Ungria, Bulaong, and Surtida, as well as the other professors here, thank you for continuing to impart your knowledge and experiences with your students, and for taking time to be part of our MBA journey. Thank you as well for welcoming me into the AGSB faculty.

To Professor Mars Balgos, thank you for reminding me and the rest of your students of the importance of introspection and finding our passion. Thank you for disturbing us and reminding us that we all have a purpose and a mission as a man or woman for others.

To my AGSB mentor, Professor Ralph Ante, thank you for the lesson of simplifying everything and focusing on keeping in mind our main objective, and always reminding us of the importance of fostering Nation Building. Also, thank you for giving me the chance to join the AGSB faculty.  Thank you to my DOIT colleagues who have warmly welcomed me into the group and further provide support.

To my sister, thank you for being the diligent achiever you are as you in a way pushed me because I had big shoes to fill as the younger “undergraduate” child. To my husband, thank you for supporting me throughout my MBA journey, and for being my Strama paper editor. To my mother, thank you because I will not be here in front of the graduating class of 2018 if you believed that I would be able to pass the CFA exams. Thank you for ensuring that I push myself and thank you for inspiring me to teach just like you do. More importantly, thank you for being very strong in your advocacy as seen in your volunteer work in the Child Protection Network. You are my constant reminder that I too need to find my purpose in life, and to help in my own way and give back.

I would not be here today without the support of the people throughout this MBA journey. I am a product of all the effort, knowledge, and time that these people entrusted to me. We all have a support system that we sometimes take for granted – our parents, siblings, friends, classmates, professors, and mentors – I hope we all take time to thank them that we are here today. Looking at the past 3 years, the journey would not have been complete without the people who shared themselves with us and enriched our classes with their own experiences. It’s the people you meet and come across that make the MBA worth it as e-books and Youtube cannot replicate what you learn from each person you meet along the way.

As Dean Ang told the graduating batch yesterday during the rehearsal, as our time in AGSB is already over, now it’s time to make the Ateneo proud of us. May we, armed with our brand-new MBA titles and the journey we went through, make a positive difference in this world and find a way to serve as a man or woman for others.

2018 HIGHLIGHT: Ateneo GSB students share experiences on studying abroad at ESSCA

The Ateneo Graduate School of Business, in partnership with ESSCA School of Management, a well-established business school founded in France, annually gives select students the opportunity to take up 6 units of their Elective Courses abroad through a Summer Exchange Program, usually taking place through the months of June and July.

            Last 2018, these MBA students hailing from Rockwell main campus and different satellite campuses (Pampanga, Laguna, and Cebu) have taken specialized subjects in either one of ESSCA’s associate institutions: Angers, France (four weeks); Budapest, Hungary (four weeks); and Shanghai, China (six weeks).

           How has it been studying abroad? Some participating students share their thoughts on taking up the AGSB-ESSCA Summer Exchange Program 2018:

 

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ESSCA in Angers, France

Courses:

  1. European Union Studies: European Economics, Politics, and Brussels Report
  2. Culture and Communication: Intercultural Communication and French Culture

            “There were in-depth discussions of the European economics and politics and how they can affect the country outside the EU. The professors were very generous in providing their opinions and they were encouraging us to do the same, so we were learning things in different perspectives. Another plus is that we were not only presented with facts and theories in the classroom, but also were able to experience it first-hand because of the several educational trips provided by the program. Lastly, we were also able to collaborate, connect, and of course have fun with the other international students. We have shared each other’s culture and it made us understand and appreciate them more. It was indeed a full learning experience!” —Erika Dela Cruz, MBA Standard Program

              “’Traveling is more important to your education than reading books,’ said the architect I.M. Pei. We at the ESSCA Summer Exchange Program 2018 were very fortunate to have had the chance to do both: traveling and studying all at the same time. I was really excited about seeing the different parts of France, living and studying in a city called Angers – pronounced “on-zhay” as our coordinator Margaux taught us – and of course, learning about French wine and cuisine! The most important lessons I learned in ESSCA is that culture develops from how a group of people solves its problems. The EU as well as the Philippines were both devastated by WWII but almost 75 years later, they have solved much of their problems while we are still struggling with ours. The lesson for me is in the form a question: are our problems brought about by our culture?” —Jaime Hermogenes, MBA Middle Management Program

 

ESSCA in Budapest, Hungary

Track 1 Courses:

  1. Business Opportunities and Economics between Europe and Asia
  2. Humanistic Management

 

           “The best thing about the exchange program is embracing the interconnected world of business. You get to interact in a multi-level and multi-cultural learning environment while you learn about yourself. You learn how to be agile in adapting and integrating different cultural views to solve and make sound business decisions.” —Emman Tan, MBA Standard Program

 

           “The best thing I learned from the summer exchange program is being open to differences and new things. We are equipped with knowledge and skills to begin with, but allowing ourselves to simply open up and immerse to a different educational environment and various cultures would pave the way to learning more. To quote Steve Jobs, ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’, we have to constantly crave for learning in order for us to grow and be better, but we have to empty our cups first. All in all, it was definitely a remarkable yet humbling experience that would not only be worthwhile in the academe and at work, but in life.” —Celine De Jesus, MBA Standard Program

 

Track 2 Courses:

  1. International Marketing and Logistics
  2. Personality Development

 

           “I found ESSCA’s approach unique because it integrated both marketing and logistics in one course – two fields that are highly specialized and typically organized separately in the corporate world. The course took a holistic view with an international focus, emphasizing that both are closely tied to each other and must be considered together when introducing a new product or service to a foreign market (e.g., the international product launch must have a clear and solid logistics plan). Another important point was that a firm must thoroughly understand and research the target market, immerse even, to increase its chance of success. (A “before-after” graphic, for example, can differ in the Middle East where people read from right to left.) The Self-Development course opened up new levels of understanding of my own uniqueness and how this affects my interaction with others, especially people I manage directly as the current head of supply chain of a major retail chain. The subject dealt with relevant and useful topics such as personality, ego states, conflict resolution styles, career anchors, and even personal mission and purpose and focused on my developmental needs as an individual and as a professional.” —Rankine Ruel Novabos, MBA Regis Program (Cebu Campus)

 

           “The summer exchange program we recently had in ESSCA-Budapest was indeed a learning goldmine. Studying International Marketing and Logistics under the tutelage of globally experienced professors had given us a fresh perspective on how these two fields go together in successfully bringing one product to a country—from sourcing raw materials to advertising, until the point of consumption. We studied market research, consumer behavior and strategies that effectively communicate a brand across different cultures. The Personality Development subject, meanwhile, warmly touched our core as it allowed us to know ourselves better through various life lessons and group-sharing activities. It made us closer with our international classmates as well! Overall, studying abroad (including side travels) had been a life-changing one. It significantly expanded our worldview and honed our sense of self-reliance in adapting to a completely new environment. It’s an experience unlike any other that I am just forever thankful for.” —Adrian Val Lopez, MBA Standard Program

 

ESSCA in Shanghai, China

Courses:

  1. Doing Business in China: Economy, Commercial Environment and Legal System
  2. Old and Contemporary Chinese Civilisation, Politics and Society
  3. Interdisciplinary Field Research

 

          “Being a student in a foreign country is a rare experience. For most people that are fortunate enough to participate in such a wonderful involvement, it’s literally a once in a lifetime opportunity. It broadens your horizons and perceptions not only academically, but also personally as an individual. I’m thankful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the AGSB-ESSCA Exchange Student Program and I’m very glad that I took it. The program was held in the flagship city of the booming economy of Mainland China, Shanghai. The program was a remarkable experience that has given me knowledge of the intricacies of doing business in a truly global economy. It gave me wonderful insights about businesses that push the human race forward and change the world for the better. Upon reflection, aside from the academic and technical learnings, the most profound gift I’ve received from the experience was the tremendous growth as a person. You will learn so much about yourself as the experience requires you to be outside of your comfort zone. You are required to be self-reliant and independent. Your skills and adaptability in different situations will be tested to its limits. All things considered, the program is fun and inspiring. The individual growth you’ll certainly get is a delightful bonus!” —Enlil Binny Ragas, MBA Standard Program

 

          “I went to China with all the common notions about the country in mind – the fake items, the danger of eating certain dishes, how the people are, and so much more. However, after my 6-week stay in the country, my view of China completely changed – for the better. The saying, ‘do not judge a book by its cover’ is the best way to describe my experience in China. Learning about the culture and history of a country is certainly important in knowing how to do business; there is always more than what meets the eye. More than that, studying abroad is quite possibly a once in a lifetime experience that reminds you that we are but one small speck in the universe, and it sure is grounding.” —Larissa Rimando, MBA Standard Program

 

2018 HIGHLIGHT: Ateneo GSB Chamber of Commerce partners with Shopee to educate future business leaders

2018 HIGHLIGHT: Ateneo GSB Chamber of Commerce partners with Shopee to educate future business leaders

“Every opportunity to learn more is a wonderful opportunity given,” Dean Rodolfo Ang of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) says as he welcomes students and alumni alike during the business conference and forum entitled Driving Growth with eCommerce, earlier last 2018 in BGC.

This event is spearheaded by the AGSB Chamber of Commerce—an organization that serves as a professional networking platform for the AGSB, by educating and guiding its members through partnerships, dialogues, research, and forums on socio-civic responsibilities and business ethics.

eCommerce takes the stage in this business forum as it “offers so much opportunities to small and medium enterprises, as well as major corporations, it is a flexible and highly scalable solution to businesses and the consumers,” says Avin Ong, founder of the AGSB Chamber of Commerce. In partnership with Shopee, the AGSB Chamber of Commerce gives a preamble to the growing industry of eCommerce in the Philippines by providing insight from the real-life experiences of key industry players.

 

AGSB-Shopee

Mr. Justin Rafael Francisco, eCommerce Brand Director of Great Deals eCommerce Corporation, lays down the landscape of the industry’s ongoing success in the country.

“The sun never sets in eCommerce. The business is always online,” he opens, before discussing how the local eCommerce industry is currently seeing steady growth, with 39% out of 67 million active internet users choosing to purchase online. The Philippines is projecting a peak performance of $44.7M in terms of eCommerce by 2020.

But how do you win in this rapidly developing landscape? Mr. Francisco lays down the key channels utilized by e-businesses: independent websites, social media, eCommerce retail stores, and market place platforms. Choosing the right eCommerce channel should be based on thorough knowledge of your product or service and your market in order for it to succeed.

Among the many factors involved in the growth of eCommerce, one of the most notable is the current rise of mCommerce. Mr. Martin Yu, Shopee’s Head of Business Intelligence, shares insight and experiences on how this emerging avenue is changing the eCommerce game.

“mCommerce is where the market is going,” Mr. Yu states clearly.

Shopee rides with the mCommerce wave with its mobile-centric approach, and aims to revolutionize the customer experience by addressing the growing demand for ease of transaction and authenticity of products and businesses, while helping start-up sellers to grow and keep pace with the evolving industry through training and support programs.

The business landscape is an ever-changing playing field—now moving towards eCommerce, and ushering in a new era of mobile businesses. The AGSB Chamber of Commerce believes that being innovative and adaptable to such changes are important to succeeding as an entrepreneur. To conclude the evening’s dialogue, Dean Rodolfo Ang addresses the Ateneans present, reminding them of the AGSB way: understanding with the intent of welcoming change and embracing progress as future business leaders.

MEMORANDUM: CURRICULAR EXCEPTIONS TO REGISTRATION

03 November, 2015

MEMO     :    AGSB DEPARTMENT CHAIRS, FACULTY, STUDENTS
RE             :   CURRICULAR EXCEPTIONS TO REGISTRATION


 

Effective immediately, all requests for exceptions to registration (exemption from pre-requisites, late registration, enlistment despite lacking grades in requisite courses, etc.) should be emailed to the respective department as follows:

Operations and IT Department
Email Address: operations-it.gsb@ateneo.edu

Economics, Finance, and Accounting Department
Email address: economics-finance.gsb@ateneo.edu

Strategic and Marketing Management Department
Email Address: strategic-markman.gsb@ateneo.edu

Leadership and Human Resource Department
Email Address: leader-humres.gsb@ateneo.edu

Please include in your email the following: (1) Your full name; (2) degree pursued; (3) exception/s being requested; (4) courses passed; and (5) work and educational background.  These data are required to arrive at a decision to the exception being requested. Only requests with complete data will be entertained.

Students may expect a response from the respective Department within 24 to 48 hours upon receipt of the email request.

Please be guided accordingly.

CONRADO G. SAN PEDRO, JR., MTM
AGSB Assistant Registrar

 

Xiaoyun Xu, Ph.D

Dr. Xiaoyun (Jack) Xu is a faculty at the Department of Operations & Information Technology of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. Before joining Ateneo, Dr. Xu was an Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Peking University. His research interests include production planning/scheduling, simulation optimization and operations management, with applications mainly in supply chain. His research team has received continued support from numerous funding sources including the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Ministry of Finance of China (MOFC), National Science Foundation of the United States (NSF), Symantec Corporation, AT&T and many other companies. Over the past decade, Dr. Xu has published extensively in a list of top tier journals and conferences in the fields of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He also provides consulting services to many industry leaders in a wide range of industries including Alibaba Group, JD.com, Aland Health, Qidi Holdings and many others. Aside from his academic career, Dr. Xu is also a famous talk show host. His two popular Chinese talk show programs named “Xiao Critics” and “Xiaoyun Commercial Commentary” cover a wide spectrum of topics on business and management in the China market. These two talk shows which are aired on Xiamalya.com had been played over 10 million times and attracted more than 100,000 registered users as of Dec 2018.

Contact Details

Contact Persons:

  • Redson Solicar     899 -7691 – 96  loc. 2216

Email: admissions.gsb@ateneo.edu

Ateneo Graduate School of Business – Center for Continuing Education (CCE) Vacancies

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1. Operations Assistant for Le Cordon Bleu Ateneo Institute
2. Program Sales Officer
3. Program Development Officer
4. Program Development Assistant
5. Marketing Assistant


1. Operations Assistant for Le Cordon Bleu Ateneo Institute

Position: Operations Assistant
(Kitchen, Purchasing and Office Assistant for Le Cordon Bleu Ateneo Institute)

Summary of Work Activities and Responsibilities:

Responsible for monitoring the general upkeep, maintenance, security, and improvement of all facilities and utilities, in the LCBA as well as to provide administrative and logistical support to the daily operations of the Ateneo Le Cordon Bleu Institute (LCBA).

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. In-charge of maintaining all laboratory equipment and utensils, preventive maintenance and general housekeeping.
2. Performs set-up, configuration/ reconfiguration of all kitchen equipment.
3. Keeps and conduct periodic evaluation and inventory of all kitchen equipment and undertakes measures, with prior approval to ensure that all equipment and/or utensils in kitchen/laboratories are in optimum operating condition.
4. Implements prescribed policies and operating guidelines set for all users including school personnel and students. Reports promptly in writing, all incidents that may threaten school safety and condition.
5. Acts as the custodian of the following logs:

a. Equipment, Utensils, Supplies and Life Expectancy File and Inventory
b. Job Order Request and Maintenance Forms
c. Borrower’s Slip
d. Laboratory Clearance

6. In-charge of the identification of supplies & maintenance and repairs needs, to be used as basis in the preparation of the corresponding budgets.
7. In-charge of purchasing, receiving, storage, inventory and release of the wet and dry ingredients

Administrative Support

1. Assist in the preparation of order for checks, purchase requisitions, job orders, and liquidation documents.
2. Monitor incoming and outgoing documents i.e. statement of accounts, PLDT bill, documents for delivery, requests for pick-up/purchase, etc.
3. Assist in recruitment (i.e. encoding, scheduling of interviews, timekeeping etc.) – delete
4. Encode supplier details, monitoring transmittals, job orders, etc.
5. Handle inventory and canvass of supplies and equipment.
6. Assist in property management (i.e. check maintenance of facilities/equipment, cleanliness, etc.).
7. Assist in setting-up room and facilities for classes and meetings.
8. Prepare weekly reports related to purchasing, facilities and equipment maintenance and operations
9. Perform all other tasks assigned by the Supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Computer literate (MS office, MS Access, database management)
2. Attention to details
3. Coordination and customer service skills
4. Organization and planning skills
5. Work management and ability to prioritize
6. Good verbal and written communication
7. Able to build strong rapport with team members and strangers instantly, earning trust quickly

Education and Experience Requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Hotel and Restaurant, Service Industry related course
• At least 6 months relevant work experience
• ADMU work experience and knowledge in academe processes is an advantage

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2. Program Sales Officer

Summary of Work Activities and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Program Sales Group Head, the Sales Officer is expected to meet assigned sales targets for both Public Offering (PO) and Institutional (customized) Programs (IP) through effective account management. He/she initiates sales campaign efforts to communicate CCE’s portfolio of programs. The Sales Officer maintains a high level of customer satisfaction through client relationship management. He/she is also expected to expand the customer base through various lead generation activities.

The position closely coordinates with members of the Program Sales Group, Marketing Services Group, Training Support Group, and Admin Services Group.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

A. Client Relationship Management

1. Develop and maintain client relationships through effective representation, and close coordination that is aligned with the Ateneo’s values.
2. Establish good rapport with key clients and gather information relevant for the company’s goals and targets.
3. Establish client relations through a consultative approach

B. Account Management

1. Public Offering (PO)

a. Ensure the timely campaign of course accounts
b. Organize client database to make the target market segment is reached by the sales campaign
c. Respond to inquiries through various channels, such as, but not limited to, walk-ins, phone calls, email inquiries.
2. Institutional Programs (IP)
a. Team-up with faculty to relay information on client profile, training needs and gaps needed in the customization process.
b. Prepare promotional letters, proposals and contracts/memorandum of understanding to clients.
c. Involved in the customization process in terms of client coordination on training needs of employees, client’s nature of business, vision and mission, purpose of training, objectives and expectations.
d. Develop a pricing strategy and negotiates packages with clients.
e. Coordinate with the faculty, the Sales Group Head and the Training Group pre-logistic requirements (i.e. class profiles, venue, materials, meals, handout preparation).

C. Lead Generation

1. Monitor the demand level of training and developmental needs of different firms and match them to CCE’s inventory of course offerings or customize accordingly.
2. Establish new sales contracts with prospective clients to expand existing client base.
3. Work in conjunction with the Sales group Head and other Sales consultants on market coverage and continuously populate the client database system.
4. Work in conjunction with the Sales Group Head and/or the Marketing Group to establish partnerships with provincial/regional firms, industries and associations.
5. Provide the management committee with feedback on the changing market conditions, including trends in the competitive market.
6. Utilize various marketing channels (i.e. telemarketing, fax messaging, email, ordinary mail)
7. Represent the Center in various related trade shows and meetings.
8. Implements an effective account solicitation plan and continuously generate new accounts.
9. Conduct sales presentations to clients.

D. Administrative

1. Implement policies, procedures and guidelines in conjunction with the Sales Group Head to maintain the standard of the Center.
2. Prepare daily and weekly sales and productivity reports.
3. Prepare sales invoice or statement of accounts based on prevailing contact fees.
4. Monitor payments of clients and prepare payment summary report.

E. Performs special projects and assignments given by Management or the Sales Group Head.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Excellent communication skills (written and oral communication)

o Ability to compose letters and proposals to client firms or individuals
o Presentation/Platform skills also an advantage

• Self-confident and aggressive in soliciting accounts/individuals
• Must possess high negotiation and persuasion skills
• Ability to relate well with people from different levels and maintain relationship with clients
• Customer service-oriented
• Computer Literate (MS Office and internet applications)

Education and Experience Requirements:

• Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor’s/College Degree in Business Studies/Administration/Management, Sales & Marketing or equivalent, Graduate units an advantage
• Preferably with a minimum of three (3) years working experience in a related field

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3. Program Development Officer

Summary of Work Activities and Responsibilities:

Assist the Program Development Group Head (PDGH) in developing programs and courses that are responsive to the changing needs of the market. The position will be working closely with the other Business units of the CCE, both internal and external stakeholders in the areas of program development, recruitment of industry experts as Resource Persons pool and knowledge management -consistent to CCE’s thrust of excellence and integrity.

Work closely with the Program Group Head, Program Directors/Resource Personas and the Sales and Marketing group to formulate the appropriate marketing plan of the programs to ensure communication style guide are consistent and aligned across all channels.

To focus on different ways to improve content, learning outcomes and resources. Program improvements are made through continuous research and follow through of program evaluation and feedback to assess its effectiveness.

To help rationalize, both current and new course offerings, consistent and aligned with the thrust and objective of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

On Program Management and Development and RP pool

1.Environment scanning

i. Research on the needs of various industries, sectors, and firms.
ii. Conduct marketing intelligence on competitors’ course offerings and pricing strategies.
iii. Conduct industry studies on the varying needs of firms, industries and sectors and design development programs based on identified needs.
iv. Identify and monitor existing and emerging needs in the market.

2.On Program Management and Development:

v. Support and strengthen the process of conceptualization, development, and customization of courses that are responsive to the specific needs and requirements of the firms and industry sectors.
vi. Make recommendations about the positioning strategy and the specific target market segments / niches for each course.
vii. Recommend pricing strategies for each course.
viii. Provide direct support to each of the Business Disciplines in terms of:

a. Setting up meetings
b. Providing needed data and materials
c. Rendering updates
d. Keeping minutes of meetings
e. Updating resource persons on developments

ix. Update, upgrade, and fine-tune the courses in coordination with the respective resource persons.

2. Ensure appropriate match of Resource Persons or Industry experts.
3. Continuous recruitment/pooling of RP and keep an updated database.
4. Plan the regular schedule of Public Courses (across all campuses) including the timely offering of new initiatives.
5. To ensure alignment with the AGSB’s thrust and the Center’s goals and objectives.

On Knowledge Management

1. Ensure to keep an updated inventory of course/program content (both printed and digital).
2. Resource Person/Program Director Profile
3. To work with the Program Directors and Resource Persons on how towards continuous improvement of Course/Program brochure and flight plans and format (print out and/or online)
4. Keep track of curriculum review, revisions and enhancements.

Recommend appropriate Marketing Plan

In conjunction with the Program Development Group Head and the Program Directors and Resource Persons to recommends appropriate marketing plan to promote the different programs of the CCE as well as the other sub-units.

Manage the Program portfolio and branding efforts of all of the CCEs PO courses (Public Offering) and other sub-unit. Monitor program performance to ensure that business unit’s objectives are achieved and aligned with over-all target of the CCE.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The individual must be a strong communicator, have excellent written, presentation, oral communications and interpersonal skills. Able to collaborate and work with a diverse group of individual and institution. Must possess strong leadership skills, be able to motivate and influence others. Able to think creatively and strategically, have excellent judgment and be able to working a changing environment.

Education and Experience Requirements:

• Equivalent number of years of experience in the same post, an advantage
• Able to design and expand training development programs.
• Excellent networking, presentation and communication skills (written and oral)
• Project management skills
• Critical and analytical skills
Direct reports
Reports to: Program Development Group Head
Indirect reporting: CCE ED, Director/s of other Business units
Coordinates with : Sales and Marketing Group, Training Services Group, Admin Services Group

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4. Program Development Assistant

Summary of Work Activities and Responsibilities:

Identifies, pursues, and harnesses resources from the various industries/sectors to effectively and promptly address emerging needs from the world of business, finance and technology through the development of relevant learning and training programs.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Supports and strengthens the process of research, conceptualization, development/customization of courses that are responsive to the specific requirements of firms and industry sectors. Provides adequate support/assistance to courses/programs for sharper focus on identified needs.
2. Provides direct support to the Certification, Diploma, and Business Excellence course offerings in terms of:

i. Setting up meetings
ii. Providing needed research data or materials
iii. Rendering updates
iv. Keeping minutes of meeting
v. Updating resource persons on developments

3. Provides close-in support to resource persons of new and old courses (updating, upgrading and fine-tuning of courses)
4. Defines the features of each course that are beneficial to an industry sector or position function to support promotional effort
5. Organizes and updates information, particularly for the directory of courses and resource persons for each course classification assigned;
6. Performs all other tasks assigned by the Program Development Group Head.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Excellent communication skills (written and oral communication)
• A working knowledge of basic marketing concepts such as industry segments, market niches, product positions and the like
• Program development or curriculum and syllabus development
• Computer Literate, Flexible, Analytical and meticulous
• Able to relate well with people from different levels and maintain relationship with clients

Education and Experience Requirements:

• Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor’s/College Degree in Business, Mass Communication, Education or equivalent
• Preferably with a minimum of one (1) year working experience in a related field

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5. Marketing Assistant

Summary of Work Activities and Responsibilities:

Under the Supervision of the Program Sales and Marketing Group Head, the Marketing Assistant is expected to help plan and execute marketing initiatives to promote the different programs of the CCE and all its Business Units (PO, IP AB-IB, LCBA, IDE, CU/Academies/Special Projects). Aside from liaising with both internal and external stakeholders, the successful hire is expected to help identify marketing trends and opportunities for innovation.
The position closely coordinates with members of the Program Sales and Marketing, Program Development, Training Services, and Administrative Services Groups as well as with various Business Units of the CCE.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

A. Marketing Communications and Public Relations

1. Responsible for updating content of marketing brochures (online, print and PDF versions), catalogues, calendars, and other marketing collaterals on a timely basis, in coordination with the Program Development Group
2. Responsible for in-house production of marketing materials, such as, but not limited to (brochures, signages, event posters and invitations, etc.)
3. Ensure timely release of brochuresto corresponding Program Sales and Program Development Officers
4. Responsible for basic graphic design requirements
5. Create presentation materials both for internal and external communication
6. Manage bulletin and digital boards across different Ateneo campuses

B. Events Management

1. Execute event plans such as learning sessions, forums, conference exhibit, etc.
2. Prepare ingress and egress arrangements for both internal and external events
3. Responsible for photo documentation of in-house events and other CCE activities
4. Generate a database of potential partners and event sponsors

C. Administrative

1. Implement policies, procedures and guidelines in conjunction with the Program Sales and Marketing Group Head
2. Prepare daily and weekly activity/productivity reports.
3. Prepare needed quotation canvass, approval sales invoice or statement of accounts based on prevailing contact fees.
4. Monitor communcation materials to ensure information is seamlessly updated across all channels

D. Performs other projects and assignments given by Program Sales and Marketing Group Head.

Knowledge, Skills and  Abilities:

• Excellent communication skills (written and oral communication)
• Computer Literate (MS Office and internet applications)
• Must be able to generate creative ideas and illustrate clearly
• Can work independently and as part of a team
• Can manage multiple projects efficiently and effectively
• Pays attention to detail
• Knowledgeable in any of the following programs/software such as Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere (video editing), Basic HTML, After Effects and LightroomBasic is an advantage
• Experience in photography and video editing is an advantage

Education and Experience Requirements:

• Candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communications, Advertising, Multimedia Arts, and or related course
• At least 2 years work experience is an advantage
• Fresh graduates are welcome to apply

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MARKMA S35 Class holds Next Generation Marketing Forum Last March 22

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Technology and the pervasiveness of digital media have changed the way marketing works: traditional platforms such as broadcast and print have been supplemented, if not replaced, by these media. One of the current prevalent forms of marketing is through the use of social media influencers — people who are in social media that have established credibility in a specific industry, have access to a large audience and can persuade others by virtue of their authenticity and reach, and have built a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a particular topic.
Another strategy that has been utilized as a form of marketing is the use of corporate social responsibility (CSR), albeit leaning towards defining the social and ethical commitments of the brand or organization. Through CSR programs, businesses can benefit communities while boosting their own brands, and CSR activities, such as philanthropy and volunteer efforts, can help forge a stronger bond between employee and corporation, and often, companies that adopt CSR programs have grown their business to the point where they can give back to society.

Last March 22, 2019, the MARKMA S35 Class of Professor Azucena spearheaded the 2019 Marketing Forum, Next Generation Marketing: Engaging through Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Media. The forum offered a world class example of CSR and how it is integrated into the company’s strategy. It also explained the impact of using social media influencers to communicate with today’s generation. The audience also learned how to do effective marketing by learning new ways of implementation that will further help businesses communicate their brand’s value.

Guest speakers during the event were Mr. Jason Cruz, Head of Digital Strategy of McCann World Group Philippines, also a lecturer and Track Chair at the IIDM Certified Digital Marketer program, Ms. Celerina Amores, Senior Director for Corporate Communications of Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) and Ms. Angely Dub of Access Travel and a known entrepreneur and social media influencer.

Ateneo GSB holds annual Staff Conference at the Sea Spring Resort in Batangas

The annual Staff Conference is organized as a venue for AGSB non-teaching staff to come together and reconnect through series of talks, guided group discussions,  processing and team-building activities. The conference intends to align the staff to the general directions of the school and the greater ADMU community. After talking to supervisors from the Rockwell and Salcedo Campuses, it was gathered that there is a need for more teambuilding sessions. This is in line with the ADMU’s trust in its formation programs. The APS theme for this year’s Ignatian Employees Gathering “Unity in Diversity: Alone or Together?” reiterates to the staff the values of concretizing one’s mission within the AGSB community, with partners and stakeholders and outside the University.

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Last March 30-April 1, 2019, the annual Staff Conference at the Sea  Spring Resort in Mabini, Batangas and it was indeed a 3-day filled event of fun, camaraderie and productivity.

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ADMISSIONS

Thank you for your interest in the Ateneo Graduate School of Business programs.  We hope one of the graduate management programs offered here will provide the right fit for your aspirations.  If you wish to know more about the various program offerings, click here.  Should you require more detail about a specific program such as objectives, intended clients, qualifications or fees, a link will send you to the information requested.

If you have already decided on a program to join, the application process has two steps which can be accomplished in any order.  In summary, you need to:

These can be accomplished separately, in any order.  However, only applications that have completed both steps will be evaluated.

 

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Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Ateneo Graduate School of Business programs.  We hope one of the graduate management programs offered here will provide the right fit for your aspirations.  If you wish to know more about the various program offerings, click here.  Should you require more detail about a specific program such as objectives, intended clients, qualifications or fees, a link will send you to the information requested.

If you have already decided on a program to join, the application process has two steps which can be accomplished in any order.  In summary, you need to:

These can be accomplished separately, in any order.  However, only applications that have completed both steps will be evaluated.

Program Offerings

MBA Standard Program

A wholistic leadership and management development program targeted at early-career professionals who are ready to assume greater responsibilities and broader leadership roles

Find out more about the program. click here                                                                                      APPLY NOW


Middle Managers MBA Program

The Middle Managers Program is designed for senior managers and staff members who occupy supervisory and/or managerial positions within their respective organizations. The quality of their work experience allows a richer and deeper discussion of the management challenge, and the program’s interactive design enables students to learn from each other, and not just from the instructor. The curriculum is designed to enable students to immediately make high quality decisions for maximum impact in an increasingly complex and fast-paced competitive environment.

Find out more about the program. click here                                                                                      APPLY NOW


Ateneo-Regis MBA Program

An accelerated executive program that uses a facilitated learning mode to prepare workplace-based, experience-driven professionals to take on the challenges of today’s rapidly changing competitive environment.

Find out more about the program. click here                                                                                      APPLY NOW


MBA in Health Program

Designed for leaders of health service organizations who would like to explore new paradigms for taking on the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly transforming public and private health sector.

Find out more about the program. click here                                                                                      APPLY NOW


Master in Entrepreneurship Program

The ME program, originally referred to as Mastering Entrepreneurship for Nation Building, takes off from where the traditional business learning systems end to fill the entrepreneur’s specific needs. It digresses from the standard functional course content and methodologies and is geared towards honing the entrepreneurial personality. It is a seamless education – the workplace as classroom – where learning is real time. The program is designed as a course in creative leadership, with the objective of assisting the entrepreneur in developing his enterprise to optimum levels of productivity, profitability and professionalism. It also aims to guide the student-entrepreneur through a personal transformation and paradigm shift that will lead him/her to deeper sense of moral and social commitment.

Find out more about the program. click here                                                                                      APPLY NOW


Master in Corporate Entrepreneurship Program

The AGSB, in partnership with Bayan Academy, have developed six certificate courses on Corporate Entrepreneurship. These courses are all aimed at: (1) cultivating, in your management team, the entrepreneurial spirit of innovation, value creation and quantum leaps in productivity and performance; (2) setting the industry pace for technological revolution and improvements; (3) sharpening the critical, systemic and creative thinking skills of your staff as well as enhancing their intuitive abilities; (4) differentiating your company as the cutting-edge leader in exploiting challenging opportunities and embracing change as a way of life. These six courses can be taken independently or serially over time. They are meant to cover the most important facets of corporate entrepreneurship.

Find out more about the program. click here                                                                                      APPLY NOW


Master in Entrepreneurship (Social Enterprise Development) Program

The Master in Entrepreneurship program in Social Enterprise Development Track (MESEDEV) of the AGSB and the ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education is a comprehensive learning-by-doing program consisting of a total of 90 days class sessions spread over three 6-month modules and mentoring sessions. It targets real-life entrepreneurs who want to pursue further enterprise growth while improving their individual skills – repeating their successes with greater accuracy and committing fewer errors.

Find out more about the program. click here                                                                                      APPLY NOW


 

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MBA Standard Program

A wholistic leadership and management development program targeted at early-career professionals who are ready to assume greater responsibilities and broader leadership roles

Find more about the program. click here                                                                                         APPLY NOW


Middle Managers MBA Program

The Middle Managers Program is designed for senior managers and staff members who occupy supervisory and/or managerial positions within their respective organizations. The quality of their work experience allows a richer and deeper discussion of the management challenge, and the program’s interactive design enables students to learn from each other, and not just from the instructor. The curriculum is designed to enable students to immediately make high quality decisions for maximum impact in an increasingly complex and fast-paced competitive environment.

Find more about the program. click here                                                                                         APPLY NOW


Ateneo Regis MBA Program

An accelerated executive program that uses a facilitated learning mode to prepare workplace-based, experience-driven professionals to take on the challenges of today’s rapidly changing competitive environment.

Find more about the program. click here                                                                                         APPLY NOW


MBA in Health

Designed for leaders of health service organizations who would like to explore new paradigms for taking on the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly transforming public and private health sector.

Find more about the program. click here                                                                                         APPLY NOW


Master in Entrepreneurship Program

The ME program, originally referred to as Mastering Entrepreneurship for Nation Building, takes off from where the traditional business learning systems end to fill the entrepreneur’s specific needs. It digresses from the standard functional course content and methodologies and is geared towards honing the entrepreneurial personality. It is a seamless education – the workplace as classroom – where learning is real time. The program is designed as a course in creative leadership, with the objective of assisting the entrepreneur in developing his enterprise to optimum levels of productivity, profitability and professionalism. It also aims to guide the student-entrepreneur through a personal transformation and paradigm shift that will lead him/her to deeper sense of moral and social commitment.

Find more about the program. click here                                                                                         APPLY NOW


Master in Corporate Entrepreneurship

The AGSB, in partnership with Bayan Academy, have developed six certificate courses on Corporate Entrepreneurship. These courses are all aimed at: (1) cultivating, in your management team, the entrepreneurial spirit of innovation, value creation and quantum leaps in productivity and performance; (2) setting the industry pace for technological revolution and improvements; (3) sharpening the critical, systemic and creative thinking skills of your staff as well as enhancing their intuitive abilities; (4) differentiating your company as the cutting-edge leader in exploiting challenging opportunities and embracing change as a way of life. These six courses can be taken independently or serially over time. They are meant to cover the most important facets of corporate entrepreneurship.

Find more about the program. click here                                                                                         APPLY NOW


Master in Entrepreneurship (Social Enterprise Development)

The Master in Entrepreneurship program in Social Enterprise Development Track (MESEDEV) of the AGSB and the ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education is a comprehensive learning-by-doing program consisting of a total of 90 days class sessions spread over three 6-month modules and mentoring sessions. It targets real-life entrepreneurs who want to pursue further enterprise growth while improving their individual skills – repeating their successes with greater accuracy and committing fewer errors.

Find more about the program. click here                                                                                         APPLY NOW


About the Program

The AGSB, in partnership with Bayan Academy, have developed six certificate courses on Corporate Entrepreneurship. These courses are all aimed at: (1) cultivating, in your management team, the entrepreneurial spirit of innovation, value creation and quantum leaps in productivity and performance; (2) setting the industry pace for technological revolution and improvements; (3) sharpening the critical, systemic and creative thinking skills of your staff as well as enhancing their intuitive abilities; (4) differentiating your company as the cutting-edge leader in exploiting challenging opportunities and embracing change as a way of life. These six courses can be taken independently or serially over time. They are meant to cover the most important facets of corporate entrepreneurship.

  • Developing the Character and Mindset of the Corporate Entrepreneur

This course is intended to enhance and fully develop the entrepreneurial spirit and mindset of the corporate entrepreneur. It has three distinct modules.

The first module (three days) begins with a discourse on the Whole Brain Entrepreneur and identifies the brain preferences, learning styles and skills sets of entrepreneurs. Participants will be assessed on their individual entrepreneurial predispositions and their capability to think and act like entrepreneurs in a corporate setting. Self Mastery lifelong skills will be introduced. These include Learning to Think using the Quadrant Brain model of (a)thinking in an organized, structured and sequential manner, (b)thinking logically, analytically and critically, and (c)thinking creatively, associatively, systemically and integratively. Also, Learning to Intuit will be covered as part of the entrepreneur’s arsenal.

A topic on Entrepreneurial Leadership (three days) is included in the first module to discuss the leadership trilogy: inspirational leadership, transformational leadership adaptive leadership. It focuses on transformational leadership as a driving force to promote change in the company.

The second module (three days) delves into the entrepreneurial process of Opportunity Seeking, Opportunity Screening and Opportunity Seizing. In here, the participant must take on that peculiar mindset of entrepreneurs which differentiate them from the problem-oriented mindset of the typical corporate manager.

The third module (four days) goes through the Enterprise Life Cycle and Life Forces, which capture the six life stages of the enterprise and the five enterprise life forces. In the process, case studies will illustrate the development of the Entrepreneurial Mind Frame, Heart Flame and Gut Game. Simply translated, the Mind Frame is one of optimism and eagerness to explore potentials and possibilities. The Heart Flame talks about personal passion, high organizational commitment and great people skills. The Gut Game brings out the courage and intestinal fortitude (i.e. perseverance) of the entrepreneur.

  1. Leading Strategic Change, Innovation and Transformation

The corporate entrepreneur is ready to take on strategic changes as a way of life. He or she is born to innovate by creating new products and services. The corporate entrepreneur transforms systems, processes and organizations in order to assure the successful implementation of strategic change.

The first module (four days) focuses on what it takes for the entrepreneurial leader to lead change. This means setting clear goals and defining the end results desired. It also means assessing the external as well as internal environment of the organization. After the assessment, the corporate entrepreneur generates alternative strategies to achieve corporate goals. From these alternatives, the corporate entrepreneur chooses the most likely to succeed given the conditions of the external and internal environments. The new strategic change will bring in both technical and social changes. The first has to do with the “hardware” of technology, systems and processes while the latter deals with the software of organizational culture and people changes. Building the change team is part of the latter.

A five-day course on strategic planning and management introduces the VMOKRAPI-SPATRES (Vision, Mission, Objectives, Key Result Areas, Performance Indicators, Strategies, Programs, Activities, Tasks and Resources) as a framework for organizational strategizing. It also introduces how to conduct external and internal assessment to draw the unit/company’s strengths and weaknesses to come up with strategies which they will develop and implement.

The second module (three days) immerses the participants in the implementation dynamics of change. In here the participants are given tools and techniques to enhance the chances of success and reduce the obstacles and barriers to change. The second module also includes the tools and techniques for implementation programming, resource mobilization and controls.

The third module (three days) is the actual management of the change: change evaluation and monitoring and change calibrations and adjustments. There should be an After Change Review process that would guide the organization in its future change projects.

  1. Entrepreneurial Marketing

Entrepreneurial Marketing departs from the usual corporate marketing in its concentration on creating new markets, finding new customer bases, discovering new market segments, developing new products and services, designing new marketing approaches, experimenting on new marketing channels and reinventing the marketing mix. In contrast corporate marketing favors expanding sales and market shares of existing products, services and their extensions.

The first module (four days) includes topics on Market Research and Evaluation, Consumer Profiling and Analysis and Location/Area Analysis, focusing on identifying, developing and establishing new markets, customer segments and exploiting untapped areas.

The second module (three days) zooms in on new product/service development, going through critical and creative management processes, prototyping, testing, piloting and launching.

The third module (three days) encompasses market positioning, formulation of the marketing mix, cultivating imaginative marketing channels and delighting the new customers with superior offerings.

  1. Managing Technology and Entrepreneurial Operations

Rapid technological changes lead to drastic obsolescence and the need to reinvent how enterprises operate. The corporate entrepreneur should have the ability to forecast technological advancements and prepare the organization for the ones most likely to succeed in the near and not-so-near future.

The first module (three days) of the course teaches the participants to scan the technological environment and make Delphi forecasts of the more promising technologies. It also includes technology sourcing and evaluation and technology creation and adaptation.

The second module (three days) proceeds with technology utilization in case of adapted techniques and technology commercialization in the case of newly-developed technologies. The second module includes the design of the operating systems and processes needed by the new technologies.

The third module (four days) goes into Entrepreneurial Operations or how the corporate entrepreneur can flexibly configure the enterprise delivery system to incorporate the demands of the new technology while making sure that consumer quality, delivery and price parameters are met. The module also discusses the people dimensions of competency building and organizational re-alignments to serve both technological and consumer mandates.

  1. Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Casing

The corporate entrepreneur must likewise be innovative in putting together good financial packages to meet the ever-increasing demands for new investments. The corporate entrepreneur must have a complete repertoire of management tools and techniques in order to grapple with the nuances of both short and long term investment decisions.

The first module (four days) focuses on Investment Decision Making (short term and long term). This requires a set of skills, such as: Management Accounting (Differential Accounting), Capital Investment Analysis, Market and Demand/Supply Forecasting, Economics, Financial and Technical Analysis and Feasibility Assessments. Business Casing is the generic term for making business decisions involving alternative investment choices confronting the company. Valuating new acquisitions and mergers would be part of the investment module.

The second module (three days) brings the participants to the Financing Decision. This means choosing the right financial structure, designing the terms and conditions of the financial deal, negotiating and bargaining for the best terms and assessing financing risks and enterprise sustainability.

The third module (three days) revolves around financial performance evaluation, monitoring, reporting and presentation. It also contains topics on Financial Forecasting the Master Budget and Business Continuity Assessment. Finally it reviews and revises business models to ensure optimum financial returns.

  1. Developing the Entrepreneurial Organization and Building the Entrepreneurial Culture

Most business corporations become bureaucratized, overly systematized and rigidly structured as they gain size and market prominence. The antidote to this is to foster the building of entrepreneurial organizations which would remain nimble, agile and quick to respond to changes. It also means nurturing a creative workforce that is committed to creativity and innovation.

The first module (four days) trains participants in the art and science of Organizational Assessment in order to determine the required competencies and desired characteristics of the teams and individuals within the organization. It also serves to evaluate the proclivity of the organization to change and innovate. The first module then proceeds to Organizational Design, which means structuring the organization to become more entrepreneurial, meaning better equipped to enter new markets, field new products and adopt new systems. Finally the first module ends with Organizational Development, which is a step-by-step process of gearing the organization to its maximum potential as a creative and innovative enterprise.

The second module (three days) enters into the specific dimensions of Human Resource Management. This means adapting Ulrich’s model of HR as (1)a strategic partner of implementing the business strategy; (2) an administrator of HR policies, system and procedures in line with the strategic direction; (3) a transformator of the organization, its teams and individual employers, and (4) a people champion advancing the welfare, productivity and performance of the people.

The third module (three days) emphasizes the nurturance of an entrepreneurial culture in the organization through value formation, behavior modification, formalization of institutional rites and rituals, alignment of corporate and individual goals and the creation of an enterprise climate conducive to creativity and innovation.

Lastly, a course on social responsibility and ethics (two days) defines the spirituality of the participants as leaders in their own respective units yet accountable for their people, their communities and the society as a whole. It speaks of the transcendence of the leaders in the workplace.

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Tel. No. : +632 8899 7691 local 2407 / +632 8899 4579
Mobile No. : +639264950021
E-mailentrep.gsb@ateneo.edu

Ateneo Professional Schools building,
20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City 1200

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About the Program

The Master in Entrepreneurship – Social Entrepreneurship Development track (MESEDEV), in partnership with Bayan Academy, is a comprehensive learning-by-doing program consisting of a total of 90 days class sessions spread over three 6-month modules and mentoring sessions. During the 18-month program, abled-community leaders, professional managers, enablers as well as individual social entrepreneurs will be able to learn to grow their social enterprises to achieve sustainability, scalability and replicability.

With a faculty line-up of industry experts and gurus who are always ready to challenge and guide the passionate social entrepreneurs in ensuring success for their social enterprises – the program will examine both the entrepreneur and their respective social enterprise. The social entrepreneur will be measured not only in terms of profit but will be assessed on how they made positive impacts on the planet and the communities they serve.

The MESEDEV program takes on a learning-by-doing approach, and is anchored on three building blocks or modules, namely: (1) Preparing for Entrepreneurship and Self-Enhancement, (2) Creating and Running the Enterprise and Self-Engagement, and (3) Growing the Enterprise and Self-Enlightenment. Thus, the course will be adopting the same ME design and curriculum except that the cases and readings that will be used are more concentrated towards social entrepreneurship.

Other topics, case studies and course materials may be included in the program by the Program Director and/or Curriculum Designer in order to further enhance the learning of participants. Participants of the program will be required to make a presentation and defend their action papers and outputs at the end of each module before they move on to the next module.

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Office Hours

Mondays – Fridays (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Tel. No. : +632 8899 7691 local 2407 / +632 8899 4579
Mobile No. : +639264950021
E-mailentrep.gsb@ateneo.edu

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1.  For Master in Business Administration:
2.   For Master in Entrepreneurship
Carlos Santiago B. Tabora, PhD.

Dr. Carlos Tabora is a faculty member of the Finance, Accounting, and Economics Department at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He teaches graduate students of the MBA program microeconomics and macroeconomics subjects. He joined the department to fulfil his passion for learning and dream of teaching in a university.

His research interests are in the field of econometrics and financial economics. As a professor of economics, he is interested in developing economics models and testing these to analyze and predict consumer and firm behavior. His past research work includes the use of real option value approach to firm valuation, demand uncertainty valuation, and capital budgeting and the reliability of the IRR and NPV in investment decision-making.

He has more than twenty years of professional experience in advisory, banking and finance, telecommunications, and in the power sector. He is presently a senior manager in the Deals Advisory group of R.G. Manabat & Co. of the KPMG network, where he provides economic modelling, financial modelling, business valuation, and other valuation related services to government agencies and firms in various sectors, such as in the banking, food, pharmaceutical, power, real estate and property development, and renewable energy sectors . Prior to joining KPMG, he was part of the valuations group at Isla Lipana & Co. of the PwC network; a deal manager in First Metro Investment Corporation; client services officer, trader, and account officer in Citibank N.A. (Manila Branch); financial engineer in Wall Street Analytics; operations manager in Northern Telephone Company, Inc.; and a junior design engineer in ABB Power Inc.

Education
Ph.D. in Economics, Ateneo de Manila University, 2018
Master of Arts, major in economics, Ateneo de Manila University, 2017
Master of Business Administration, Fordham University, 2001
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, University of the Philippines, 1996

Organization
Philippine Economic Society, Member, 2018

John Michael Angelo Z. Lopo, CPA, RCA, MBA

John Michael Angelo Z. Lopo, a Certified Public Accountant and Registered Cost Accountant – Australia with Master’s in Business Administration, has executive vast experience in Auditing, Accounting, Financial Management and Financial Statement Analysis for a decade. He earned his master’s degree in Business Administration at Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business (AGSB) and Regis University. He attended Strategic Disaster Risk Management and Leadership Program (SDRMLP) at Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and Induction to Collaborative Teaching through COIL Model at Universidad La Salle – Mexico City. He finished his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at Ateneo de Naga University.

Jman is the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director of Strived Executive Asia, Strived Consultancy Group, Strived Accounting Services and Advance Review Solution OPC. He is also Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Makarius Smart Innovations Inc. He is a former Comptroller and Financial Planning and Analysis Manager / Country Finance Lead of JA Farms Asia Pacific Inc. and Santa Fe Moving and Relocation Services, respectively. He brings in 13 years of experience in the food and beverage industry as a Senior Finance Analyst of San Miguel Brewery Inc. and San Miguel Purefoods Inc., both a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation. Also, he is a Book Reviewer of University Press of First Asia and Diwa Publishing and worked previously at Allied Banking Corporation as Internal Auditor.

Aside from his corporate work, he is also a part-time accounting professor of numerous top schools such as Ateneo de Manila University – John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM), Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB), De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU), University of Asia and Pacific (UA&P), University of Perpetual Help-Jonelta and San Beda College-Alabang.

 

APS ID-wearing Policy 2019
Date              :    4 July 2019
Memo to      :    The Ateneo Professional Schools community
From            :  (sgd) John Paul C Vergara PhD
Vice President
Subject         :    ID-Wearing Policy

Everyone is enjoined to wear/display his/her Ateneo ID at all times while inside the APS premises.
Any employee, faculty, or student who fails to comply with the implementing rules on wearing of ID shall be reported to his/her appropriate school unit for proper actions.

In accordance with the University’s regulations and policies on safety and security, I would like to remind and encourage everyone to observe the following implementing rules on ID-Wearing.

These reminders are in place to ensure the entire APS community’s well-being.

 

IMPLEMENTING RULES

       A. Prohibited Practices

  1. Wearing of ID underneath clothing (shirt, blouse, jacket, etc.)
  2.  Attaching of ID to personal belonging/article (bag, book, etc.)
  3.  Tampering with ID card (considered a major disciplinary case)
  4.  Using another person’s ID card or allowing someone else to use one’s ID (considered a major disciplinary case)

       B. Failure to comply with the ID Wearing Policy

               I. Administrators and Faculty

APS Security Teams are instructed to report to the unit concerned, for appropriate action, all administrators and faculty members who fail to wear their respective valid Ateneo ID.

              II. Staff

Any staff who fails to present his/her ID is required to pay Two Hundred Pesos (Php. 200.00) to get a temporary ID. The temporary ID will be issued by his/her own school or service unit. Payments for issuance of temporary ID shall be made only to the designated APS cashier. An admonition memo will be issued to a staff who fails to bring his/her valid Ateneo ID on three (3) instances. A copy of the memo shall also be kept in his/her 201 file.

              III. Current Students

Any student who will attend his/her classes but fails to present his/her valid Ateneo ID will be required to pay Two Hundred Pesos (Php. 200.00) at the cashier to get a temporary ID. After payment and verification, the temporary ID will be issued by the appropriate school unit to the student.

If a student comes to school for purposes (see below) other than attending his/her classes and fails to present his/her valid Ateneo ID, s/he may be allowed to enter the APS building by giving him/her a Visitor’s Pass in exchange for any valid ID (government IDs, company ID, etc.) The student shall likewise log in/out in the security log book and state his/her purpose of visit.

Purposes of visit for which a student may be allowed entry are the following: Purchase materials/books, attend a business/school meeting, attend mass, or conduct any business transaction within the school.

               IV. New/Returning Students

New and returning students will be allowed entry upon presentation of either their registration cards or tuition payment receipts for the current semester/trimester. This accommodation will be extended for a limited period of two (2) weeks after start of classes.

               V. Training Course/Seminar Participants

Appropriate units are required to submit a list of training course/seminar participants to the APS Head for Facilities and Physical Resources. The list should be submitted no later than the day prior to the start of the activity. On the day of the training/seminar, each participant shall be given an ID that he/she must wear at all times while inside the campus.

                VI. Guests and Visitors

All guests and visitors will be issued corresponding visitor IDs for proper identification. They must wear these visitor IDs at all times while inside the campus premises.

We appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation in this effort to make all our APS campuses safe and secure.

 

Thank you.

Office of the Vice President for the Ateneo Professional Schools
G/F, Room 104, APS Building
20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center
1200 Makati City
Tel. No. 899-7691 to 96 ext. 2128-2129
Direct line: 935-9095
Mobile: +63-999-886-0103
Room 209, 2/F Xavier Hall

Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City
Tel. No. 426 6001 ext 4018
Direct line: 426-5965

 

 

 

 

Protocol on Suspension of Classes and/or Work Due to Inclement Weather Conditions and Other Weather Disturbances
Date : 7 August 2017
Memo to : The University Community
From : (Sgd.) Fr. Nemesio S. Que, SJ
Vice President
Subject : Protocol on Suspension of Classes and/or Work Due to Inclement Weather Conditions and Other
Weather Disturbances

With the onset of the rainy season, I wish to remind the community of the following protocol to be followed regarding suspension of classes and/or work.

A. On Suspension of Classes

1. Automatic Suspension of Classes

As prescribed by the President of the Philippines through Executive Order No. 66, s. 2012* the following shall take effect depending on the Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) raised by PAGASA:

Signal #1 – classes at the pre-school level, in the affected area, shall be automatically cancelled or suspended

Signal #2 – classes at the pre-school, elementary and secondary levels, in the affected area, shall be automatically cancelled or suspended

Signal #3 or higher – classes at pre-school, elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels, in the affected area, including graduate school, shall be automatically cancelled or suspended
or
In the event that PAGASA does not raise a PSWS, local chief executives may implement localized cancellation or suspension of classes.

When Automatic Suspension of Classes applies, parents, students and faculty members need not wait for an official announcement from the University. Nevertheless, the University Communication and Public Relations Office (UCPRO) will post announcements through the University’s official channels.

2. During inclement weather conditions and other weather disturbances (e.g. intense rain, serious flooding, etc.) when Automatic Suspension of Classes does not apply, the following shall be responsible for suspending classes for their respective units:

• AGS Headmaster – Ateneo Grade School
• AJHS Principal – Ateneo Junior High School
• ASHS Principal – Ateneo Senior High School
• VP for the Loyola Schools – Loyola Schools
• Respective Deans – Ateneo Professional Schools

For non-automatic suspension of classes, the UCPRO will get in touch with unit heads for the decision to suspend classes.

3. Official University announcements will only come from the UCPRO.

Official forms of Announcements:

• Pre-recorded announcement in the Ateneo trunk line (activated by the Central-Facilities Management Office in coordination with UCPRO)
• University InfoBoard SMS (text message)
• Facebook and Twitter posts via official Ateneo accounts
• Bulletin on the Ateneo website
• Email memo via the Blueboard mailing list
• Message on the LUXID (LED) InfoBoard
• Radio and TV advisories

Time of Announcements:

• First Announcement: 10 pm the previous day; (if no announcement is made by this time – then the)
• Next Announcement: 4:30 am the day of the intended cancellation of classes.

4. Suspension of classes includes suspension of all student activities.

B. On Suspension of Work

1. The Vice President for Administration and/or the Office of Human Resource Management and Organization Development (OHRMOD) shall be responsible for suspending work for Staff and Administrators of the Basic Education Unit, Loyola Schools and Central Administration.

2. The Vice President for the Professional Schools shall be responsible for suspending work for Staff and Administrators of the Law School, Graduate School of Business, School of Medicine and Public Health and School of Government.

3. Suspension of work includes suspension of all activities in campus.

4. In all instances that work has been suspended, the Central Facilities Management Office (CFMO) together with unit facilities management offices and the Campus Safety and Mobility Office (CSMO) shall designate a skeleton force to ensure safety, security and orderliness in campus.

Again, I pray that everyone keeps safe in times when classes and work have been suspended. Everyone’s safety and welfare is the University’s utmost concern.

Jonas Policarpio, MD, MBA

Dr. Jonas Policarpio is currently the Medical Director of Westmont Pharmaceuticals – Unilab Inc., and is a member of the Healthcare Council of Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) Research. Alongside his corporate positions, he holds several academic appointments as Professorial Lecturer of Health Economics and Management at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center College of Medicine and the Graduate School. He is the Program Director of the Ateneo CCE – Philippine College of Pharmaceutical Medicine Diploma Course on Pharmaceutical Medicine and Management, and a member faculty of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business MBA-Health Program. He is also a visiting lecturer at the St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine.

Dr. Policarpio has accumulated over 23 years of corporate and business consulting experience in several companies namely: Medical Project Manager: Servier/MedAsia, Vice President for Business Development: Dharmala Group Healthcare, Managing Director: The Healthcare Business Consulting Group, Medical Director: Ritemed Philippines Inc., and Medical Director: United Laboratories Consumer Health.

Dr. Policarpio holds several academic degrees: B.S. Psychology from the UST College of Science, Doctor of Medicine from UERM College of Medicine, Master of Business Administration from the UP Cesar Virata School of Business. He also took masters studies in Health and Population Economics from the UP School of Economics, the Pharmaceutical Marketing Management Course in ORS-Courbevoie Paris, France, and Pharmaceutical Medicine and Management from the Ateneo CCE.

Dr. Policarpio is a member of the Philippine Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Philippine College of Occupational Medicine, and the Philippine College of Pharmaceutical Medicine (board member).

Antonio N. Jacinto

Mr. ANTONIO N. JACINTO is a consultant specializing in banking and finance and is also a member of the
faculty of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

He was previously a Senior Vice President for Corporate Banking at BDO Unibank Inc. where he was
responsible for managing and growing one of the largest loan portfolios in the bank.

Prior to this, he held other posts such as : Director for Corporate Clients at ING Bank and Managing
Director at SGV/Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services, to name a few.

Mr. Jacinto obtained his BS Business Economics degree from the University of the Philippines and his
Master of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern
University (Illinois, USA).

Genesis Kelly S. Lontoc, MA, MBA, MS

Genesis Kelly S. Lontoc is a seasoned leader and manager with experience both in the Philippines and overseas. He held various sales management positions in the FMCG industry. From 2004 to 2010, he wrote a regular advocacy column in Kilosbayan Magazine called “Equilibrium” which tackled current economic opportunities and issues. In 2013, he fulfilled an item in his bucket list to become an Overseas Filipino Worker and help many Overseas Filipino Workers by heading the Philippines and Southeast Asia business of UAE Exchange Centre LLC, a leading global financial services company. While in Dubai, he was included in the book called “Filipino Heroes in the Gulf” which featured industry leaders based in the Middle East. Since returning to the Philippines in late 2016, he has been helping out as General Manager in Panaderia Dimas-alang, one of the oldest bakeries in the Philippines. He is also a Registered Financial Planner who regularly writes economics, finance and business management articles for national publications like BusinessMirror and MoneySense. Teaching Economics at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business is his way of promoting awareness and appreciation of Economics to business leaders and students who would hopefully help the Philippines eventually become one of the top economies in the world.

 

Education

Master of Science in Finance, University of the Philippines, 2021
Master in Business Administration, Ateneo de Manila University, 2006
Master of Arts, major in Economics, Ateneo de Manila University, 1998
Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, cum laude, University of the Philippines, 1996

 

Affiliation

Philippine Economic Society
Registered Financial Planners Philippines
The Climate Reality Project Philippines

 

Managing People in Entrepreneurial Organizations

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Strengthen your people management skills, enhance and deepen your knowledge and understanding of Human Resource Management through Managing People in Entrepreneurial Organizations, an HR Diplomate Program.

To know more, contact us at (+632) 8830-2038 or email sales.cce@ateneo.edu.

Admissions Test

The Ateneo Graduate School of Business accepts any of the two Admissions Tests described below.

NMAT by GMAC©

The NMAT by GMAC© is an internationally recognized admissions test used by graduate management programs the Philippines and other countries.  It is a computer-based test used to measure expected competencies required for graduate management education such as MBA programs.  The entire test is divided into three areas and is made up of 108 questions, taken within an allotted time of 120 minutes.

The test is summarized in the table below:

Area Number of Questions Time Allotment (minutes)
Language Skills 36 28
Quantitative Skills 36 52
Logical Reasoning 36 40
Total 108 120

The score reports of those who took the NMAT by GMAC© will be sent to the applicants’ chosen schools within 3 days after the test.  Once we receive these score reports, an acknowledgment e-mail will be sent to test takers.

Those who register for the test can avail of practice tests at the NMAT by GMAC© website.  There are also a limited number of official NMAT by GMAC© reviewers available at the AGSB office for those who want to prepare for this test.

The cost of the NMAT by GMAC© test is USD75.  At a reference rate of US$1.00 = PHP53.00, the test fee corresponds roughly to PHP3,975.  As an added incentive for those who plan to take this test, those who are accepted and subsequently enroll in AGSB’s degree programs will receive a voucher equivalent to cost of the NMAT by GMAC© test fee.  This can be used to defray part of the initial enrolment payments.

The NMAT will be made available to applicants for Rockwell, Sta. Rosa and Clark Field Campuses

Those who opt for the NMAT by GMAC© test will be required to pay the application fee separately.  For additional information, or to register for this test, please go to www.nmat.org.

Schedule a Test in NMAT by GMAC

 

AGSB Admissions Test

The AGSB Admissions Test is used to determine the competencies required by the Ateneo Graduate School of Business from applicants to its management programs.  It is a paper-based test administered by the Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychology Services at the off-site campuses such as Iloilo, and Cebu.

The AGSB Admissions Test is made up of 125 questions that applicants answer within an allotted time of 4 hours.  The competencies measured by this test are as follows:

Language Usage – 35 questions
Analogies – 25 questions
Reading Comprehension – 30 questions
Numerical Reasoning – 35 questions

 

The AGSB Admissions Test costs PHP2,370.00.  Those who take this test are also charged the application fee amounting to PHP740.40, bringing the total charges to PHP3110.40.

Listed below are the schedules at the different testing sites for the AGSB Admissions Test.

 

   For Cebu Schedule:
  Saturday, March 21, 2020,        6:00pm to 9:00pm
  Saturday, April 18, 2020,           6:00pm to 9:00pm
  Saturday, May 16, 2020,            6:00pm to 9:00pm
  Saturday, June 20, 2020,          6:00pm to 9:00pm
  Saturday, July 18, 2020,            6:00pm to 9:00pm
  Saturday, August 15, 2020,       6:00pm to 9:00pm
  Saturday, Sept 19, 2020,            6:00pm to 9:00pm
  Saturday, October 24, 2020,     6:00pm to 9:00pm
  Saturday, November 21, 2020, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

 

 

 

Schedule a Test in AGMAT (For Cebu and Iloilo Campus applicants only).

GRADUATION REFLECTION SPEECH By Marie Rose Jasmine A. Chan Gold Medalist, MBA Regis Program – Iloilo Campus

Ateneo Graduate School of Business

Commencement Ceremony

24 November 2019

 

GRADUATION REFLECTION SPEECH

By Marie Rose Jasmine A. Chan

Gold Medalist, MBA Regis Program – Iloilo Campus

 

Commencement Speaker, Dr. Donald Patrick Lim,                                                                     

Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin of the Society of Jesus, President of the Ateneo de Manila University,                                                                                                                                                      Dr. John Paul Vergara, Vice-President for the Professional Schools,                                        

Dean Rodolfo Ang of the Graduate School of Business,                                                                      

Dean Ronald Mendoza of the School of Government,                                                                       

Mr. Rey Reyes, Registrar of the Professional Schools,                                                                       

AGSB Faculty, Administrators and Staff, distinguished guests, family, friends, fellow graduates,

 

Magandang Hapon po sa inyong lahat.

It is a great honor for me to be given this opportunity to share my reflections on my MBA journey.  I share this honor with each one of the graduates here, who have survived the Ateneo MBA Program, most especially to my classmates in Iloilo who are here with me, and in particular, to my husband, my classmate, who is also graduating with a gold medal.   Of course, our parents, children, friends and professors deserve equal praises for the support and understanding, for journeying with us through sleepless nights and stressful days that brought us here.  I would like to specially mention my mom who has flown to Iloilo from Manila from time to time to help with the kids and my mother-in-law who has covered for us in various ways.  But I give back all honor and glory to God who has made all things possible.

When my husband and I took the entrance exams for the MBA Regis Program in Iloilo five years ago, my main objective was to be a better consultant, aside from being an accountant, by learning from the rich experience of Ateneo professors.  We took advantage of the fact that we did not have to fly to Manila and yet have the same quality of education as those of you who studied in Rockwell.

With this MBA degree on our list of credentials, I believe that we are now more equipped to be better businessmen and managers.  We can now go out into the world and, as the cliché’ goes, to bring our success and make the world a better place by being men and women for others.  Today I would also like to share my thoughts on how we can use our MBA to further expand this success beyond creating wealth for ourselves and uplifting the lives of others.  I realized that we can also use the MBA concepts we learned to enrich our own family and personal life and uplift souls, to become our path to holiness and find true happiness.  I am talking about the integration of our profession with our passion, mission and vocation so that we can find success not only in our professional life but also in our family and spiritual life.  This balance when united to God’s will for our life is what St. Ignatius refers to as unity of life.   According to Pope Benedict XVI “No Father of the Church expressed with the same intensity as St. Ignatius the longing for union with Christ and for life in Him.”

PASSION

If I were to describe my three-year MBA journey, I would candidly say that it has been full of life.  My MBA journey literally began and ended with new life.  I gave birth to my fifth baby four months before the start of our first MBA class and my sixth baby after our 11th class.  Yes, you heard me right, I have six wonderful kids, aged 16, 14, 11, 6, 3 and 1.  They were all unplanned but all wanted and loved from the moment of conception.  The most unplanned of them were the last two.  At the time I gave birth to our fifth child, Red, last May 2016, we just found out that the Ateneo MBA program was going to begin two years after we took the entrance exams.  It was also the same time we were appointed as Chapter Head of our community.  Balancing my professional life as a certified public accountant, handling over 100 clients, with my family and community life was already a hard act to maintain.  Adding a new baby and starting the MBA to my already busy life was unimaginable to some of my friends.

I started with our first class on Leadership with all these roles of mother, spouse, daughter, boss, accountant and community leader on my plate.  When we were asked to present our passion and mission in life as a final activity in Leadership class, I identified that teaching is my passion. Through the exercises and lessons in class, I learned that I found my deepest happiness at times when I could teach…when I could share about my experiences so others can learn from them too…when I can answer my children’s innocent but difficult questions…and when I can explain to my clients the current tax rules and regulations and successfully convince them to be more compliant.   I realized that although I am not a teacher by profession, my passion is to teach.  And my personal brand of leadership is to teach that God is in the ordinary circumstances of our life.  In this complicated world, where time flies so fast and there are always so many things to do and so little time, my personal advocacy is to show people that with the right intention, motivation and God’s grace we can have the courage to put on our cape and be superheroes in real life.

We read about the foundation of heroism in Chris Lowney’s book, the Heroic Leadership.   To quote: “Heroic leadership is motivating oneself to above-and-beyond performance by focusing on the richest potential of every moment. Jesuits characterized it more simply with their company motto, magis: the relentless drive to look for something more in every opportunity and the confidence that one will find it. It’s not the job that’s heroic; it’s the attitude that one brings to it.”

It is magis that reminded me that mediocre work does not give glory to God and pushed me to finish my paper in the wee hours of the morning, after I have worked the whole day and nursed my baby to sleep.  When I am tempted to submit haphazard work just so I could sleep before 2am, my own voice talking to my kids reminds me that it is always important to do your best.  I was conscious that being a student myself made me the first role model of a hardworking student to my children.

MISSION

The reflections we did in Leadership class put forth the foundation for each succeeding class.  I would reflect on each subject as I wrote cases and final papers, I looked for something more beyond the theories and business concepts.  One of the things I realized as we went along was that each subject we took was not only applicable to the business world but to other aspects of our personal and even our spiritual life.  When we put them all together we can come up with our vision and mission, objectives, plans and strategies not only for our companies but also to improve our family, married and spiritual life as well.  As MBA graduates, I know we have been prepared to apply what we have learned in the business world.  I would like to share how my husband and I are applying these concepts in other aspects of our life.

 

Our family had our family visioning session two years ago where we identified who we are, how we can contribute our individual qualities and talents to a better family life and family relationships and how we could contribute to society as a family and become more service oriented.  As a result of this session, we started sharing our blessings to a boys’ home in Iloilo last Christmas and sponsored a student to school.  We have also prioritized that when there is a conflict between work or family life, we choose family first.  So I can say that I have missed only a few of my children’s activities, performances or special events in their life.

As a married couple, MBA became a shared experience and struggle for us.  In spite of the demands of MBA and the frequent group meetings, part of our objective was not really to get a gold medal but to finish this off without sacrificing our quality time with our family.  We included in our plans, pockets of time with each child by having a one-on-one date with them weekly and they adjusted to our available time by agreeing to watch the last full show of popular movies.  We have actually watched most if not all of the marvel movies leading to the Endgame and other children movies, as well. If that were a scorecard for the success of this planned family time, I guess we scored fairly high.

In Ateneo, we are familiar with the words Ad Majorem De Gloriam or AMDG.  With success in our company or business, how do we give greater glory to God if we also do not pay attention to our own spiritual life and those of our stakeholders? St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, said that our path to holiness is the sanctification of our ordinary life.  It is doing our best in whatever we are doing and making our work worthy for God.  Ignatian spirituality also forms people who are called “contemplatives in action.”  Ignatianspirituality.com describes “contemplatives in action” as “reflective people with a rich inner life who are deeply engaged in God’s work in the world. They unite themselves with God by joining God’s active labor to save and heal the world. It’s an active spiritual attitude—a way for everyone to seek and find God in their workplaces, homes, families, and communities.”

My husband and I have been attending three-day retreats annually, aside from the retreats given by our community for national leaders, and during advent and holy week.  I have been going to daily mass and we have been struggling to pray the rosary together everyday.   In the office, we start with a morning prayer and reading of the gospel for the day and pray the angelus before taking our lunch break.  These are some of the ways we make sure that our ordinary life is united to our spiritual life.

VOCATION

In the Vocation of a Business Leader we read in Ethics class, it says “Business leaders can put aspiration into practice when they pursue their vocation, motivated by much more than financial success. When they integrate the gifts of the spiritual life, the virtues and ethical social principles into their life and work, they may overcome the divided life, and receive the grace to foster the integral development of all business stakeholders.”

We have experienced how integrating ethical principles in business is difficult specially when it means paying the right taxes or the just wages.  Six of us in our MBA class formed a new corporation and took over an insolvent company providing food tolling services for more than 100 convenience stores in the Panay region.  After 18 months in operation, we have seen an increase in sales of more than 60% but also with increasing capital requirements to cope up with expansion plans.  So it is difficult to let go of P150,000 to pay for VAT knowing that others find unscrupulous ways of reducing theirs.   Many businesses in Iloilo pay below minimum wage rates but we have made sure that our company pays at least minimum wage and more for those with technical or supervisory positions.

Our graduates in the Iloilo Campus are mostly business owners, maybe around 80 percent, and top level managers not only from Iloilo but from other provinces in Western Visayas, like Capiz and Antique.  One of our graduates own one of the top flour milling companies in the country.  Other graduates own a nationwide chain of jewelry stores, hotels, fast food chains, hardware, coffee shop, dialysis centers, a farm, distributorships, to mention a few.  While other graduates sit in the board or Mancom of their companies.  Our MBA is helping us expand and grow our companies.  For example, my husband, the only pediatric eye doctor in Western Visayas with the only group practice in Iloilo, was able to convince his group to open an eye center in a mall as a result of the marketing plan we prepared for Marketing Management class.

With Ateneo changing the mindset of business leaders, from a focus on financial success alone to the personal, spiritual and economic development of its stakeholders, we hope to see increasing virtues and ethical principles in the workplace.  And with Western Visayas economy projected to grow in the coming years, we hope to spread this fire in the hearts of more businessmen.

Each of us here were given the gift of our work, business or profession. And each of us were also given the gift of our own life and our family.  With our MBA and ignatian values, let our passion stir our energies to live our God-given mission of a sanctified and contemplative life in action.  Let our vocation as a business leader ensure our unity of life and aim for more than financial success.  As a saying goes “No other success in life can compensate for failure in the home.”  When everything seems insurmountable, let us remember that there is always God’s grace that strengthens and empowers us to move forward and hope in the Lord.

I am sure each of you also has a beautiful story to tell about your own journey. And I am certain that your hearts are overflowing with gratitude to the One who has brought us to where we are now. So I end with what St. Ignatius would have said to us too “Ite, inflammate omnia”, “Go set the world on fire.”… Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam..For the Greater Glory of God.

Thank you very much.

Announcement: Classes suspended at all levels from March 10-14, 2020

To the AGSB Community,

Please be advised that classes at all levels in Metro Manila are suspended from March 10-14, 2020, as announced by Malacanang yesterday amid the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Stay safe everyone.

 

Source:

GMANewsOnline

Inquirer.Net

University operations (15 March – 14 April 2020) in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic

14 March 2020

Memo to         :           The University Community

Subject            :           University operations (15 March – 14 April 2020) in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic


The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March. The Philippine government issued a directive on 12 March to put Metro Manila on community quarantine from 15 March to 14 April.

Since the health, welfare, and safety of the community is the University’s top priority, especially at this time, the University shall implement the following measures:

  1. Offices will be closed and online classes will be suspended on Monday and Tuesday, 16 and 17 March, to give employees and students time to adjust to the arrangements being made by the LGUs in connection with the government directive to put cities or towns on community quarantine.
  1. A campus-wide shutdown will be put in place from Wednesday, 18 March to Tuesday, 14 April unless the government issues new directives before this time period ends. Campus shutdown applies to all four campuses in Loyola, Rockwell, Pasig, and Salcedo. This is to observe strictly the social distancing that the government prescribes.
  1. During this campus-wide shutdown, mission-critical work and essential support services will continue.a. ‘Mission-critical work’ refers to activities that are crucial to advancing the purpose of the University despite the campus shutdown, e.g. teaching, research, formation, and social development. Thus, online learning will continue with the support of IT services. Even formation and social development work that can be done online will be explored. The different units of the University are in charge of issuing guidelines related to online learning.b. ‘Essential support services’ refers to activities on campus that assist ‘mission-critical work’ and the operations of the university despite the campus shutdown.

    i.Key administrators shall be on call but are advised to work from home, using online modes of communication, following regular office hours.

    ii. Some administrators and employees may be called to report to work as part of the skeleton work force; they (employees) shall be remunerated with an over-time pay.

    iii. Leaves will not be charged during this period of shutdown and employees will continue to receive their salaries.

  1. The University mandates strict implementation of social distancing measures (i.e. maintaining distance from other people; ban on all kinds of gatherings on and off campus; restriction of unnecessary and unauthorized entry to the campus by all members of the community as well as visitors).
  1. The University will continue the implementation of guidelines on home quarantine for members of the community who have traveled to areas with recorded cases of COVID-19 or have signs/symptoms of the disease. For more information, please refer to this link http://www.ateneo.edu/covid-19-updatesfor the Bulletins issued by the University Physician, Dr Norman Dennis Marquez. He can be reached at email address: univphysician@ateneo.edu.
  1. Onsite classes and regular office operations are expected to resume on Easter Wednesday, 15 April 2020.

This memo is subject to government and university protocols that may be subsequently issued in response to the COVID-19 situation as it develops.

We call on the community to stay calm, listen to experts and official announcements, and help prevent the spread of misinformation.

We are crossing the desert during these days of Lent. We can lose heart or we can turn to one another and to our God during this trying time of passage. God be our strength and solace always.

amdg,

 

Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ
President

Enhanced Community Quarantine

17 March 2020

Memo to         :           The University Community

Subject            :           Enhanced Community Quarantine


The declaration on 16 March 2020 of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) covering the whole of Luzon due to COVID-19 has prompted Ateneo de Manila University to reassess and refine our current operational plans. 

Classes and Learning

While Ateneo de Manila is committed to providing a feasible learning environment for our students, we recognize challenges encountered by both faculty and students in fulfilling their obligations during these uncertain times, such as coping with the personal, social and psychological impact of COVID-19; adjusting to new living arrangements due to ECQ-related government regulations; learning the ropes of online teaching and learning, to name a few.

In view of these conditions and upon consultation with our students and faculty of the different school units, I have decided to suspend online classes during the ECQ. Suspending online classes does not mean suspending online learning. Thus, during this ECQ, I am encouraging our teachers to make online material available, nonetheless, for students who have online access. I hope that these students also find creative ways of sharing these or about these materials with their offline classmates. This way all our students can learn at their own pace and time during this period.

I have instructed the schools to work on reasonable and compassionate contingency measures with respect to class requirements and grades in the current situation and in the event that the quarantine extends throughout the semester. The awareness we have of constraints to online learning calls us to flexibility and leniency.

Work Arrangements

All faculty, staff, professionals, and administrators in all campuses are now directed to work from home, if applicable, while observing strict home quarantine. All prior approved requests to enter any of our campuses are now rescinded. Those who will be required and authorized to perform online work off-campus can avail of an internet connection subsidy. Reimbursement of the subsidy will be processed when we return to normal operations.

The University will also release 25% of all employees’ 13th month pay, in accord with President Duterte’s appeal to employers to advance a prorated amount of such benefit.

For the entire ECQ period, security and emergency health workers will be stationed on campus 24/7, to ensure the safety and security of those who live on campus.

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On another note, I am glad to inform you that even as we live in this time of quarantine, our Ateneo DReaM Team (Disaster Response and Management Team) is active again, partnering with other Jesuit institutions on campus, namely, the Tanging Yaman Foundation, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, and the Manila Observatory in order to raise funds to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals in Metro Manila as well as food for the poorer communities of Quezon City, Marikina, and parts of Rizal. 

 Many poor communities were caught unprepared by this ECQ. It has fallen primarily on the LGUs with their limited capabilities to feed hundreds of thousands of families daily for at least a month. We appeal to you all to please help by donating through the accounts we have indicated in our announcements.

Indeed, in trying times such as this, now more than ever, we are called to love others as we love our own, as God loves us. Let us help each other to believe that by God’s grace and our willingness, we shall heal and recover and become whole again. 

God bless you and keep you strong in this time of quarantine.

Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ

President

Memo on Online Classes

March 18, 2020


To the AGSB Community:


Last March 17, 2020, the President of the Ateneo de Manila University issued a memo, part of which stated:

“While Ateneo de Manila is committed to providing a feasible learning environment to our students, we recognize difficulties encountered by our faculty in fulfilling their obligations during these uncertain times, such as coping with the personal, social and psychological impact of COVID-19, adjusting to new living arrangements due to ECQ-related government regulations; learning the ropes of online teaching and
learning, to name a few.

In view of these conditions and upon consultation with our students and faculty of the different school units, I have decided to suspend online classes during the ECQ. Suspending online classes does not mean suspending online learning. Thus, during this ECQ, I am encouraging our teachers to make online material available, nonetheless, for students who have online access. I hope that these students also find creative ways of sharing these or about these materials with their offline classmates. This way all our students can learn at their own pace and time during this period.”

Given said memo, the administration of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) reiterates that we are suspending all online classes. AGSB faculty, however, are encouraged to provide learning materials to their respective students in order to make use of the ECQ for continued learning.

We will be making a later announcement on the impact of the ECQ on our academic calendar, depending on how the situation will evolve in the coming weeks. We pray for the safety and well being of all our AGSB community, students, faculty, administrators and staff, as well as our respective families during this time of uncertainty.

Let us remember to keep each other in prayer.

Sincerely,

(sgd) Rodolfo P. Ang

Dean

MEMO for Pre-Validating Exam 3rd Trimester SY 2019-2020- (Cancelled)

FOR             :     ALL MBA-STANDARD PROGRAM STUDENTS

FROM          :        THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR

SUBJECT     :      VALIDATING EXAMS FOR COURSE EXEMPTION
                        3rd Trimester SY 2019-2020

DATE           :        4th February 2020


 Dear Student,

This is from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

This is regarding the validating exam for the 3rd Trimester for SY 2019-2020. Due to the current situation that our country is experiencing, the March 26 and 27th 2020 validating exam will be cancelled and will be rescheduled. We will inform you soon once the office resumes (mid April 2020).

Feel free to check the AGSB website soon, drop a note in this trail or verify from the details below.

Please be advised.

For now stay at home and be safe.

Thank you.

Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) extension

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8 April 2020

Memo to         :           The University Community

Subject            :           ECQ extension


As we approach the last month of the school year and in light of the ECQ extension, I would like to announce that the directives on online learning and work-from-home arrangements, as described in the 17 March 2020 memo, continue to apply until 30 April 2020.

I leave it to the units to work out the details in concluding their respective academic terms, e.g. calendar adjustments, decision on assessments and grades, refunds, and other salient matters in consideration of their specific contexts. I enjoin everyone to maintain flexibility and leniency while being reasonable and compassionate in the exercise of our responsibilities.

I urge the units to already start working on contingency plans for the incoming School Year, 2020-2021. It would be good to consider early enough the possible scenarios and implications of this current global health crisis on scheduled activities, academic procedures, calendar format, work operations, and other important aspects of our educational mission.

May the anticipated graces of these holy days of our Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection strengthen our faith, hope, and love.

amdg,

 

Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ
President

Responding to the Challenges of COVID-19 and the Enhanced Community Quarantine

MEMO TO:     The AGSB Community

FROM:             Rodolfo P. Ang

DATE:             April 22, 2020

RE:                  Responding to the Challenges of COVID-19 and the Enhanced Community Quarantine


OVERVIEW

In light of the health crisis caused by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the consequent unprecedented (albeit necessary) changes in the way we must go about our daily lives, we must also modify the ways in which we teach and learn.

With the health and safety of our community foremost among our many concerns, the leadership of the AGSB has made the following decisions regarding the operations of the school for the rest of this academic year:  regardless of when and if the Enhanced Community Quarantine will be lifted in Metro Manila, no more classes will be conducted physically on our campus for the balance of SY 2019-2020.

Concretely, this means that:

  1. All ongoing classes (for the second trimester of the MBA Standard and Middle Managers programs, and for the third term of the MBA Regis program) will be completed on an on-line basis.
  1. All classes offered in the third trimester of the MBA Standard and Middle Managers programs (beginning May 11, 2020) will be delivered on an on-line basis, using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous modes. Similarly, all classes offered in the fifth term of the MBA Regis program (beginning June 29, 2020) will be delivered on an on-line basis.  (As previously announced, the fourth term of the Regis Program, which was originally scheduled from April 20 to June 13, 2020, has been cancelled).

Matters Related to Ongoing Classes (Second Trimester of MBA Standard/Middle Managers programs, Third term of MBA Regis progam)

  1. Students who for whatever reason feel unprepared or are unable to complete their ongoing classes (e.g. they do not have appropriate internet connectivity, or they are health care frontliners who are too busy to attend to their classes) may write to the Registrar at <registrar.gsb@ateneo.edu> to inform us of their decision to withdraw from their class(es). They will be given a full refund of their tuition, and receive a grade of WP (withdrawal with permission) from the class.  The deadline for such requests is April 30, 2020.
  1. Deadlines for the submission of STRAMA papers will be finalized by the individual teachers in consultation with their Department Chair and their students. Concerns of students who experience extraordinary issues related to the completion of their papers will be dealt with on a case-to-case basis.
  1. STRAMA defenses will be conducted on an on-line basis.

Matters Related to Classes Offered for the Balance of the Academic Year (Third Trimester of MBA Standard/Middle Managers programs, Fifth term of MBA Regis program)

  1. Classes will be offered only on an on-line basis, using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous modes. We will limit our offerings only to those classes that we feel we can effectively teach on-line on such short notice.  Consequently, not every class that students need or want to take will be available.  Please bear with us for now; we have had very little time to prepare ourselves for on-line delivery of our classes.
  1. To effectively teach these on-line classes, we have made the decision to lower the maximum class size to 20 students per class, and to split the classes into two or three sessions per week, instead of single 3-hour or 4-hour sessions once a week.
  1. The list of classes to be offered, and the schedule of each class, is still being finalized, and will be released in a separate memo. Although some sessions will be offered on an asynchronous basis, many sessions will be offered on a synchronous basis.  Students who enroll should be ready and able to participate on a synchronous basis in classes held during the pre-announced class schedule
  1. Students who wish to enroll in any of these classes must have access to what we have deemed to be the minimum technical requirements for effective participation in an on-line session:
  • Must have access to a desktop PC or Laptop with properly installed webcam and microphone. Smartphones and tablets can also be used, but not all features of Blackboard Collaborate will be available.
  • Must run their device using at least the following versions of operating systems: Microsoft  Windows 7, 8, 10 or Mac OS
  • Must have installed an updated Internet Browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari)
  • Must have a dedicated internet connection of at least 5 Mbps or higher.

(You can perform a speed test of your existing connection at https://www.speedtest.net/Avoid sharing your connection with other members of your household to minimize connectivity issues during the session.)

For clarifications regarding the above technical requirements, you may contact any of the following AGSB IT personnel:

o   Renan Sulit (rsulit@ateneo.edu)

o   Renemark Bacani (rbacani@ateneo.edu)

o   Orlando Cruz (ocruz@ateneo.edu)

  1. Registration will be conducted fully on-line or by remote communication (telephone or email). No student will be required to physically come to campus to complete his/her enrollment.  The Registrar’s office will release a separate memo that will describe in detail the registration process that we will be following.
  1. We will not be offering separate classes for our satellite campuses. Students enrolled at our satellite campuses can take any of the classes offered by AGSB as long as it corresponds to the program of study they are pursuing.  Every student will pay tuition fees corresponding to the fee schedule of their home campus.
  1. As has been past practice, students requesting waivers of pre-requisite requirements and/or cross-enrollment in classes offered for other programs (e.g. a Regis student wishing to enroll in a class offered for the Middle Managers program) should write to us care of Ms. Shineth Henson stidalgo@ateneo.edu, so that their requests can be addressed on a case-to-case basis.
  1. While we will continue to entertain student petitions for us to offer classes that are not originally calendared, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all such petitions. Our paramount concern will be our ability to effectively deliver every class on an on-line basis.
  1. Students who will not be able to enroll this coming trimester/term will not be required to file for a Leave of Absence at this time. Please note that this waiver only applies for the upcoming trimester for the Standard and MM programs, and the upcoming term for the Regis program.

Other Matters

  1. In light of the unexpected and unprecedented nature of this crisis, AGSB administration is prepared to relax its requirements related to the filing of leaves of absence and the maximum residency period for all affected students.
  1. Because most of the students in the MBA-Health program are health care professionals, all classes in this program are suspended indefinitely, and will only resume after it has been determined that our students are ready and prepared to come back to school.
  1. The schedule of classes in the Master in Entrepreneurship, Master in Entrepreneurship – Social Enterprise Development track, and all Institutional Programs will be separately worked out by the Program Directors in coordination with the students of each program.
  1. The schedule of classes for students enrolled at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) will be subject to a separate memo, to be issued by the Dean of ASMPH.

Many of these changes in the way we do things call for attitudinal and behavioral changes in our entire learning community.  Please bear with us and work with us as we try to see our way through this crisis.

Keep safe, everyone, and may the Lord watch over us and all of our loved ones in this era of COVID and ECQ.

Congratulations to Ateneo GSB Team CREDO for winning last May!

GSB Ethics

The Ateneo Graduate School of Business, represented by five MBA students, won first place in two categories last May 1 in the 2020 International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBESCC) hosted by the Loyola Marymount University in California. After months of preparation, “Team CREDO” – with Jose Emmanuel Carlos, Mary Joy Roxas, Chelsea Hannah Erese, Rochelle Teresa Dizon, and Russel Raffy Ong – successfully placed first in the 25-minute and 10-minute presentation categories for their division, with Oscar Bulaong Jr., PhD who served as their coach. Hosted virtually last April 24 and 25, Team CREDO tackled UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #14, Life Under Water, with a case presentation entitled, “A Fishing Village with Empty Nets”. The only students from Southeast Asia, they were joined by eleven other competing teams from various universities in three continents.

Help us congratulate them for a job well done!

Details about the case competition can be found here: https://cba.lmu.edu/centers/ibes/eventsprograms/ibescc/2020ibescc/

 

Hans Clifford Yao, MBA
Hans Clifford Yao completed his undergraduate degree at the Ateneo de Manila University finishing B.S. Management Honors program (Cum Laude) in 2003.  He completed his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2018, where his group’s entrepreneurial project on mobile payments for the Philippine market won the ‘Best New Venture project in Asia’ by the Edward J. Kaplan New Venture Challenge.  Hans taught for 4 years at the Ateneo JGSOM before moving to the AGSB.  He currently teaches Strategic Management and Retail Management, and is also the Program Director for Retail Management and Strategy at the Ateneo CCE.
Hans is also the Managing Director of the Washington Group and the Adrenaline Group of companies, distributor and retailer of many foreign brands in the Philippines.  He is also a consultant for Family Business and Governance, and for other SME’s looking to scale up in the industry.
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Microsoft Office 365 Upgrade for Students with OBF Ateneo accounts

Attention: All Students with obf.ateneo.edu Email Account

We are pleased to inform you that the Microsoft licenses for Ateneo de Manila University have been upgraded from Office 365 Pro Plus to Microsoft 365 A3 Education. To explore the new features, click on this link https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/office-365-platform-service-description/microsoft-365-education

Please note that due to this upgrade, the students’ Microsoft 365 One Drive folders on obf.ateneo.edu will be deleted during the transition to the new subscription. The ITRMO will facilitate this process on July 17-19, 2020.

Prior to this transition, the ITRMO would like to advise the students with obf.ateneo.edu email account who are using the O365 to backup all their OneDrive files before July 16, 2020 in order to prevent data loss.

To backup the contents of OneDrive, please follow the instructions on the link as follows:

Instruction link on how to backup files from OneDrive.
https://techengage.com/how-to-sync-google-drive-with-onedrive/ (Please follow Method 1)

Here is how you can activate and download a copy of your Microsoft 365 A3 Education account:

The O365 installer can be obtained by first activating your account for Office 365 then downloading the installer from there. Here are the links:

 Activate licence:
o http://www.office.com/getOffice365
o Enter your obf.ateneo.edu email address. It will send a link to your email.
o Click on the link. You will have to enter a new password for the Microsoft obf.ateneo.edu account.
o It is recommended that you make this different from your Google obf.ateneo.edu account password.

Download installer:
o http://portal.office.com
o Just log in with your obf.ateneo.edu account and the password you create for your Microsoft account.
o There should be a link there to download the installer.
o You can install these on MacBook laptops (Sierra or later), Windows desktops, laptops, mobile apps and tablets. With Microsoft 365, you can install and sign in to Office on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 phones.

Annoucement on obf.ateneo.edu email account

Dear AGSB Students,

We have recently issued an obf.ateneo.edu email accounts to all active students of the AGSB. This is a Google powered email account within Google Apps for Education used by Ateneo de Manila University.  Students can use the different Google Apps (Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Meet, etc.) that come with having an obf.ateneo.edu email. You can also register for a free Microsoft Office 365 using your obf.ateneo.edu account (visit https://bit.ly/3gsAzmM for the activation procedure). The notification for your obf.ateneo.edu account was sent to your email address registered in our student information system. Please check your spam folders if you have not received the notification in your inbox.

To complete the process, please fill out the terms and conditions for the issuance of the OBF account. This was also sent to your registered email in our system. For those who have not filled-out the form, you may do so at this link https://forms.gle/scr5wcEJg3J5D3218

Surveys and official announcements will be sent to your obf.ateneo.edu accounts. This will also be used to log in to our new official learning management system, Canvas, beginning SY 2020-2021. A separate announcement will be sent regarding Canvas.

For those who have not received the obf.ateneo.edu account notification, kindly email us at it.gsb@ateneo.edu .

 

Thank you.

Policy on the Date of Graduation and Graduation Clearance

06 August, 2020

MEMO FOR : The AGSB Community

FROM : The AGSB Office of the Registrar

SUBJECT : Policy on the Date of Graduation and Graduation Clearance


Date of Graduation

This policy pertains to the Date of Graduation (DOG) as can be seen in the student’s
records, including the Transcript of Record among other credentials. This does not
pertain to the date of commencement exercises.

The DOG will be recorded the soonest the student complies with all the academic
requirements (i.e., the student officially received a final grade for all courses required as
can be seen in the School’s Information System).

If this has been complied with before the succeeding trimester starts, the DOG will be
the date of the End of Classes of the trimester where it falls. Else, if compliance comes
after the succeeding trimester has started, the DOG will be the End of Classes’ date of
that trimester.

 

Graduation Clearance

A Graduation Clearance may be secured by a student the soonest s/he completes all the
academic requirements (i.e., the student officially received a final grade for all courses
required as can be seen in the School’s Information System).

Only upon completion and receipt of the final graduation clearance will the Office of the
Registrar issue copies of diplomas, transcripts, certificates of completion, and transfer
credentials.

This policy shall take effect starting 3rd Trimester, AY 2019-2020.

REY R. REYES
Registrar
Ateneo Professional Schools.

AGSB Life in Focus Photo Challenge Winners

The AGSB Eagle Eye Photography would like to thank everyone who joined the photo competition. The quality and quantity of entries exceeded all expectations and proves the engagement in our AGSB community despite the challenging times.

With the help of the AGSB community, there are four chosen winners, one for each category: Online Class Photo, Work from Home Set Up, Daily Routine and Something Blue. We are proud to officially announce the winners!
Winners:

● Best Online Class Photo – Dianne Tan, MBA Standard. Featuring the SC53 Ethics Class of Prof. Oscar Bulaong.
● Work from Home Set Up – Isabel Gomez, MBA Standard
● Daily Routine – Gayle Sanchez, Ateneo-Regis MBA Cebu
● Something Blue – Ramil Bascon, Ateneo-Regis MBA Sta. Rosa

Congratulations to the winners of the AGSB Life in Focus Photo Challenge! The winners are also featured on the Ateneo de Manila University website, ASGB Eagle Eye Photography Facebook page and will be receiving gift certificates from Pancake House.

Photo Challenge Winners Poster

Canvas Post

https://sites.google.com/ateneo.edu

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Ateneo Canvas Logo

Tuition and Other School Fee for Academic Year (AY) 2020 – 2021

 

Cover letter Tuition and Fees SY 2020-2021

ONLINE APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION CLEARANCE

For              :    ALL AGSB GRADUATING STUDENTS

Subject       :    ONLINE APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION CLEARANCE

Date            :    11 September, 2020


Effective 14 September, 2020, graduating students who have complied with all the enrollment and academic requirements may already apply for graduation clearance online by going to the Registrar Online Services and clicking/tapping on Apply for Graduation Clearance link.

Monitoring of the status of application can also be done online through the same page by clicking/tapping on Monitor application here link.

This process shall replace the previous practise where a clearance form is being issued to the student and routed physically to the APS Library, the Accounting Office, and the Office of the Registrar.

Please be reminded that Graduation Clearance is required when requesting for academic credentials indicating degree conferred and date of graduation, including Official Transcript of Record and Diploma among others.

 

Please be guided accordingly.

 

Conrado G. San Pedro, Jr., MTM
Assistant Registrar
Ateneo Graduate School of Business

 

Rey R. Reyes, MBA
Registrar
Ateneo Profesional Schools

 

Noted:

Luisito G. Montalbo, MBA
Officer-in-Charge
Ateneo Graduate School of Business

 

 

cc: Vice President, Ateneo Professional Schools
Director, APS Library
Head, APS Satellite-Central Accounting Office

HealthSolutions Enterprises Inc.

HealthSolutions

 

 

HealthSolutions Enterprises Inc. was established in July 2006 as healthcare solutions provider engaged in the importation, distribution, sales and marketing of high-quality medical equipment, devices and supplies, and clinical diagnostics. HealthSolutions believes in being an integral part of the hospital’s organization as a source of innovative solutions to help power the medical practice and provide the best possible healthcare and safety for patients and medical practitioners. HealthSolutions believes in an integrated business approach to deliver end-to-end expertise, service and assistance that satisfy the entire hospital’s infrastructure and mission in the fields of critical diagnosis, disease alleviation, life support and total patient care.


We are currently seeking passionate and competent individuals to join our Team this 2020:

1. Business Development Manager
2. Financial Analyst
3. Group Brand Manager

Please send your resume to:

Ralph A. Ante
President & CEO
HealthSolutions Enterprises Inc.
raante@healthsolutions.com.ph


Job Title: Business Development Manager
Level. : Managerial

Primary Business Role – the Business Development Manager identifies growth areas in the market that allows the Company to increase revenue and profits. These areas may be (but not limited to): existing markets and products, new products in existing markets, existing products in new markets and/or new products and new markets.  The BDM prepares and seeks approval for the business plan for identified and approved growth areas.

Responsibilities

  1. Identifies new market opportunities and distribution channels, through various research methods.
  1. Screens potential new businesses and presents such to Management for approval based on set criteria, among which might be:
    1. Market potential
    2. Market information including competition
    3. Competitive profile
    4. Revenue and profit potential
  1. Develops databases, communications and relationships with potential Principals aligned to approved new businesses
  1. Prepares, finalizes and presents the business plan as well as the initial go-to-market strategy (product, pricing, distribution, promotions) within a specified timeline
  1. Coordinates and hands over the approved business plan to the designated business unit Group Brand Manager
  1. Collaborate with the designated business unit during the initial year (or as specified by Management) to ensure seamless transfer of knowledge and technology

 Competencies

  1. Researches and provides analysis to data requirements for the new business
  2. Comfortably communicates with high level decision-makers and stakeholders
  3. Manages key project/new business stakeholders with authority
  4. Updates himself/herself on business intelligence tools and utilizes such efficiently
  5. Creates compelling business presentations highlighting key competitive advantages of new business prospects
  6. Negotiates with stakeholders with regards to critical deadlines and deliverables such as (but not limited to) product sampling and deliveries, pricing, promotional support, etc.
  7. Strategizes and executes go-to-market utilizing proper resources
  8. Understands and works towards attaining agreed sales targets for the new business

Qualifications

  1. With 5 years minimum experience in Marketing and/or Business Development in a Healthcare setting
  2. Computer-literate with proficiency in MS OFFICE applications
  3. An MBA is an advantage

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Job Title: Financial Analyst
Level : Supervisory
Reports to: CFO

 

Job Description

  • Perform strategic and operational financial forecasting, reporting, and operational metrics tracking
  • Analyze real-time financial data and create financial models for decision support
  • Report on financial performance and prepare for regular leadership business reviews
  • Analyze past results, perform variance analysis, identify trends, and make recommendations for improvements
  • Work closely with the accounting team to ensure accurate financial reporting
  • Evaluate financial performance by comparing and analyzing actual results with plans and forecasts
  • Guide the cost analysis process by establishing and enforcing policies and procedures
  • Provide analysis of trends and forecasts and recommend actions for optimization
  • Recommend actions by analyzing and interpreting data and making comparative analyses; study proposed changes in methods and  processes
  • Identify and drive process improvements, including the creation of standard and ad-hoc reports, tools, and Excel dashboards
  • Increase productivity by developing automated reporting/forecasting tools
  • Perform market research, data mining, business intelligence, to assist Business Development

Basic Qualifications

  • At least 7 years of business finance or other relevant experience, MBAs and/or CPAs preferred
  • Proficiency in financial modeling techniques
  • Strong fluency with Excel formulas and functions
  • Advanced Powerpoint skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • BA, BS degree required (Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance/Economics/Management or Industrial Engg)
  • Strong analytical and data gathering skills
  • Good business acumen
  • Works with minimal supervision, is highly motivated, flexible, shows strong attention to detail and can manage multiple demands.

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Job Title: Group Brand Manager
Level: Managerial
Function: Marketing
Job Brief

The Group Brand Manager is accountable for the over-all Marketing objectives, goals, strategies of the Business Unit, collaborating directly with the Principal, for setting product direction, developing and implementing effective marketing plans and programs in coordination with sales to ensure that these are met.
The Group Brand Manager oversees metrices directly associated with agreed strategies and reports such to Management and the Principal.

Responsibilities

1. Assesses implementation and methods utilized, channels and sources of market research covering, but not limited to the following areas- current industry innovations and market requirements as well a technology updates and current products.
2. Analyzes customer buying habits in relation to product capability and aligns these to customer segments.
3. Reviews current market segments and assesses market share against business goals. Works with the Sales business units in categorizing accounts to determine marketing strategy.
4. Evaluates new market-related opportunities through periodic fieldwork, working with the Sales business units, leveraging on the Company’s unique value proposition, to develop new markets or new products within the business unit.
5. Consolidates industry innovations, technology updates and market requirements into potential product offerings.
6. Monitors the competitive landscape, including both direct and indirect competitors, and updates the competitive profile matrix relevant to current and future market plans.
7. Follows through applicable sales leads through market coverage and maintaining close interactions with, but not limited to, end-users, technical specialists and certain key decision makers. Ensures timely update of sales funnels in collaboration with the sales business units.
8. Reviews and consolidates integrated marketing communications plans such as product information, product introductions, promotions etc; which includes collaboration with principals and/or their representatives.
9. Analyzes impact of product demonstrations and product scripts in relation to demand creation action plans as reflected in sales funnels or ongoing projects.
10. Assesses and seeks final approval to the marketing plan.
11. Evaluates impact of the marketing plan according to agreed pricing, promotions and distribution strategies.
12. Determines product life cycle alignment to sales strategies- makes product (including product inventory management), pricing, promotions and distribution decisions accordingly.
13. Reviews results related to sales and operations planning both on quantitative and qualitative basis; endorses final purchasing and inventory plans.
14. Conducts win/loss analysis against marketing programs, product launch as well as all bid opportunities that may have been participated in, based on business unit goals.
15. Assesses need for conduct of product training across all segments – makes decisions regarding scheduling of product and applications specialists for product demos and technical training.
16. Analyzes and makes decisions regarding customer segment profit and loss.

Qualifications

1. Proven working experience in marketing, preferably in the healthcare industry – with at least 10 years experience in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
2. An MBA is an advantage, but not necessary.
3. A technical background in the hospital industry is preferred.
4. Proficient in MS office applications.

Competencies
5. Obtains and analyzes information about the market
6. Works collaboratively with other departments on behalf of the Principal
7. Manages and implements change as necessary
8. Formulates and leads execution of marketing strategies and action plans
9. Manages the brand – establishes its positioning and evaluates performance
10. Develops and delivers integrated marketing communications
11. Innovates value propositions leveraging on the brand’s and Company’s unique value proposition
12. Monitors the effectiveness of the marketing plan
13. Articulates the desired customer experience
14. Multi-tasks
15. Develops talents required for the delivery of departmental objectives

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REQUEST FOR CHANGE OF COURSE (ONLINE FACILITY)

For :           ALL AGSB STUDENTS
Subject :    REQUEST FOR CHANGE OF COURSE (ONLINE FACILITY)
Date :         21 September, 2020


On 19 September, 2020, the Office of the Registrar soft-launched the Request for Change of
Course online facility that allows students to request for a change in their course, including
change of schedule, course withdrawal, adding of a course, and auditing a course.
The facility can be accessed by going to the Registrar Online Services and clicking/tapping
on Request for Change of Course link.

Monitoring of the status of the change requested can also be done online through the same
page by clicking/tapping on Monitor change request status link.

This process shall replace the previous practise where a Course Change Request Form
(paper form) is being filled-out by the students.

Please be reminded that an OBF account is required when using the Registrar Online
Services. If you still do not have one, please email the I.T. Team at it.gsb@ateneo.edu.
Please be guided accordingly.

Conrado G. San Pedro, Jr., MTM
Assistant Registrar
Ateneo Graduate School of Business

Rey R. Reyes, MBA
Registrar
Ateneo Profesional Schools

Noted:
Luisito G. Montalbo, MBA
Officer-in-Charge
Ateneo Graduate School of Business

cc: Vice President, Ateneo Professional Schools
Head, APS Satellite-Central Accounting Office

AGSB Welcomes Dean Jet Magsaysay

Memo to        :           The University Community

Subject           :           AGSB Dean


I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Jowett Cecilio “Jet” F Magsaysay, MBA PhD as Dean of the Graduate School of Business from 15 November 2020 to 31 May 2023.

 Jett Magsaysay

Dr Magsaysay is a strategy and organizational development expert and president of Strategic Directions Inc. He has been with the University since 1995 as a Program Director at the AGSB Center for Continuing Education (CCE), for which he developed and directed its flagship Leadership and Management Development Program, and, since 2017, a lecturer at the Loyola Schools. Formerly the Editor-in-Chief of World Executive’s Digest, Dr Magsaysay has also authored research articles which have been peer-reviewed and published in academic journals.

On behalf of the University, I thank Dr Magsaysay for accepting this important leadership role in the Professional Schools.

I take this opportunity to extend the University’s gratitude to Mr Rodolfo P Ang, MBA for leading the AGSB these past six years. Mr Ang instituted reforms in the areas of quality management and standards, and helped forge new partnerships with industry, particularly in the CCE, where he launched the Le Cordon Bleu Ateneo de Manila Institute and established Corporate Universities with Jollibee Foods Corporation, Rebisco, and AXA Philippines.

I would also like to thank the Search Committee for their dedication and comprehensive conduct of the search process. The members are: Fr Jose M Cruz SJ, Mr Jose Gerardo A Cruz, Mr Paolo Maximo F Borromeo, Ms Gilda Lourdes G Del Rosario, Atty Jose Maria G Hofileña, and Ms Ana Bess G Pingol.

Mr Luisito G Montalbo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will continue to serve as Officer-in-Charge of the AGSB from 1 October to 14 November 2020.

Roberto C Yap SJ

President

Samantha B. Ui, MBA

Samantha Ui graduated BS Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University and completed her MBA at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business with a gold medal and was chosen as the student speaker during the commencement activity for the graduating batch. She is currently an adjunct member of the faculty teaching Applied Mathematics.

She is a Vice President in The Bank of New York Mellon Manila Representative Office, under the Treasury Services business. She brings more than 10 years of banking industry experience to her role.

Ruben D. Canlas Jr., MSc IT, MBA
Ruben D. Canlas Jr. is a certified Agile Coach. He coaches software teams and organizations towards agility. He is also helping run the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Executive Program for Carnegie Mellon University Australia. In a former life, he produced investigative television shows, worked as a theater stage manager, and a publication editor, designer, and writer.
Mr. Canlas has a Master of Science in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Broadcast Communication from the University of the Philippines. He is a Certified Training from the Back of the Room Practitioner. He has a Palanca Award for Children’s Short Story and a Gawad CCP Award for movie criticism.
Melchor D. Chan, Jr., MBA

Mr. Melchor Chan is a meritocratic leader with 15 years of excellent cross-functional & regional experience in Sales, Customer Business Development, Marketing, Supply Chain, Project Management, and E-Commerce.

He has mentored and led high-performing teams that consistently delivered beyond expectations. Melchor excels in diverse and multi-cultural organizations while having the values of integrity, excellence, coaching, and servant-leadership.

Previously, he worked with Petron Corporation from 2007 to 2015 as an Account Sales Executive, to senior supervisory levels as Senior Retail Executive for Central Luzon, Senior Planning Analyst, then Loyalty Sales Associate.

Proven to be a creative problem-solver with core strength in people management and process enhancement. Able to quickly adapt ahead of the curve to changes in products, services to satisfy the needs of customers and stakeholders.

Mr. Chan joined Cola-Cola FEMSA Philippines in 2016 serving as the National Key Accounts Project Manager, then Customer Business Development Group Manager. Previously, he served as the Finance Pillar Head of Market Management for APAC, then the Regional Director of Marketing Management in the Expedia Group.

Recently, Melchor answered the call to serve full time in church, training to become a pastor and a teacher in the near future. He also serves as a professor in the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Operations and IT Department, teaching Business Math and Applied Business Statistics. He is also an investor in start-up companies in the fields of e-commerce and financial management.

Protocols on the Suspension of Online Classes due to Inclement Weather
Date :  3 November 2020
Memo to…… :……. The Ateneo Professional Schools Community
From : sgd) John Paul C Vergara PhD
Vice President
Subject : Protocols on the Suspension of Online Classes due to Inclement Weather

We reiterate the following policies and protocols regarding class suspensions due to inclement weather at the Ateneo Professional Schools:

1)   Whenever Public Storm Warning Signal #3 or higher is raised over Metro Manila, classes at all professional schools are automatically suspended. Note that chief executives of LGUs where the respective campuses of the different professional schools are situated may suspend classes in their areas due to inclement weather;

2)    Deans may use their judgment to suspend classes at their respective schools outside of the conditions stated in item 1);

3)    On days when classes are suspended, no synchronous class activities may be held online, and no class requirements should be due; and,

4)     The schools are directed to practice flexibility and compassion during these times considering that many of our students reside in areas that may be under more severe weather conditions, impairing their capacity to participate in both synchronous and asynchronous online activities.

Please be guided accordingly. Stay safe and dry.

Thank you for your attention.

Typhoon Rolly Call for Donations

While we are thankful that Typhoon Rolly has largely spared Metro Manila, other parts of the country bore the brunt of the typhoon. We are thus making this call for cash donations. If you want to help, feel free to donate in any of the Bank channels of the Student Council.

 

Rolly 1

Rolly 2

APS to Resume Operations on Monday, 16 November 2020
Date : 15 November 2020
Memo to : The Ateneo Professional Schools Community
From : (sgd) John Paul C Vergara PhD
Vice President
Subject : APS to Resume Operations on Monday, 16 November 2020

As the nation recovers from the devastation brought about by the recent typhoons, we recognize that some of our students live in areas severely affected by the calamity and need more time to recover.  We reiterate the call for us to exercise compassion and leniency during these times, even as we resume operations in the Ateneo Professional Schools.

As regards initial protocols, online classes shall resume on Monday, 16 November 2020; we will also excuse students who are still affected by the calamity and have yet to fully recover.

1) Faculty of the different schools are directed to:

a. Consider postponing tests and deadlines scheduled during the week of 16-20 November 2020, in light of the uneven circumstances of our students during this period; and
b. Excuse students affected by the calamity from carrying out synchronous and asynchronous activities during the week.

2) Supervisors of the different schools are directed to:

a. Grant to staff affected by the typhoon the opportunity to recover before returning to work full time;

b. Report to Ateneo OHRMOD any staff members who would like to request for help during these very difficult times.

These protocols are to be implemented by each school based on their assessments and consultations with students and staff.

We pray for everyone’s safety as we carry out our mission.

Ateneo GSB Hero Graduate Avin Ong of Fredley Group of Companies wins Regus Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Ateneo GSB prides itself as producing graduates that are of top calibre. Among them is Mr. Avin Ong of the Fredley Group of Companies, creator of the popular milktea brand Macao Imperial Tea here in the Philippines. AGSB is proud to have Mr. Avin Ong in its roster of #AteneoGSBHero Graduates because he exemplifies excellence in the field of business and entrepreneurship. This 2020, Mr. Avin Ong has bagged the prestigious Regus Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Asia CEO Awards.

Avin Asia CEO Awards Entrepreneur of the Year
The Asia CEO Awards is the largest business awards event in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. The Regus Entrepreneur of the Year Award is given to individuals who started enterprises from scratch and built them into larger organizations providing pioneering services and products, employment for Filipinos, and expansion into multiple locations. Mr. Avin Ong received this award last October 13, 2020, together with 5 other entrepreneurs including Mr. Dennis Uy.
In five years, Fredley Group of Companies has a master franchise collection of over 180 restaurants and cafe branches with more than 1,000 employees and seven brands in the Company portfolio, including Macao Imperial Tea, Nabe Japanese Izakaya and Hot Pot, Mitasu Yakiniku, Hosaku International buffet, Liang Crispy Rolls and their upcoming brands Maison Kitsune and Cafe Kitsune. With compassion and empathy, Avin has created jobs and career progression opportunities which has directly contributed to Ateneo GSB’s credo of Nation Building.

Student Services

PRIVACY POLICY

AGSB Guidelines — Initiation Rites

AGSB Student Club Handbook

Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy

Code of Decorum and Administrative Rules on Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct, and Inappropriate Behavior

No Smoking Policy

Drug Free Workplace

 

Policy on Maximum Number of Subjects a Student can Take Per Term

Date                :          23 January 2021

To                    :          Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Department Chairs, Registrar, Director of Student Affairs and Formation

From                :          (sgd.) Jowett Cecilio F. Magsaysay, MBA, PhD

                                     Dean

Subject            :           Policy on Maximum Number of Subjects a Student can Take Per Term


We’ve received a number of requests from students who want to take three or four subjects per term, as currently we had been limiting them to two. To respond to these requests, let’s be guided by this policy while we’re on a 100% online learning mode, where the workload is inherently heavier. This policy aims to:

  • Ensure that students are fully aware of the implications of their decision to take a heavier load
  • Guide them towards quality of learning, which feedback indicates takes more effort than an in-person class
  • Give a chance to students who have proven that they could have the capacity for a heavier load

With these aims in mind, a student would be permitted to take three subjects per term if they meet these requirements:

  1. That the student took at least two subjects last term
  2. That the student’s grades in those two subjects are not below 3.0. If grades are not yet available, then the requirement would be a QPI to date of at least 2.5.
  3. That the student submit a letter, addressed to the Registrar, to the effect that he/she is aware that this is a higher subject count than previously permitted, and that he/she is committing to meet the requirements of this heavier load
  4. That the student did not withdraw any or all of his/her courses in the previous term/trimester

Students wanting to take a third subject are still required to submit a petition letter to the Office of the Registrar showing evidence that the student is compliant with all four requirements stated above. The Registrar, in consultation with the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs still has final authority to grant or deny such petitions.

Thank you.

Requests for Registration Exceeding 2 Courses per Term / Trimester

25 January 2021

MEMO FOR     :     The AGSB Community

FROM                :       REY R. REYES, APS Registrar

SUBJECT         :     Requests for Registration Exceeding 2 Courses per Term / Trimester


 Last January 23, the Office of the Dean released the new policy limiting enrollment to only 2 courses per term / trimester, with specific conditions for those who need to take more than the allowed number.   Courses in excess of the first 2 enrolled are considered overloads.  Overloads are processed thru Direct Registration available at the Registrar Online Services portal, which opens during regular registrations schedule.  The process is as follows:

  1. Complete the registration/enrollment of your first 2 courses first.  You will need a screenshot of your enrollment confirmation to complete your application.
  2. Go to Registrar Online Services and click on Request for Direct Registration.
  3. Fill out the online DR form that will appear.  At the Primary Request section, choose Overload, click Next and answer the ensuing items.  You will be asked to attach the screenshot of your enrollment confirmation before closing and sending the application.
  4. Monitor the approval of your request online thru the link provided upon completion of the online DR form.
  5. All the policies in the general enrollment memo released earlier continue to be in effect, including the rules on schedule conflict checking.

Those who have already sent requests for overload before the release of this memo are advised to follow the process outlined here.  Please be guided accordingly.

The Program Mentors

The Gurus
Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr.
Prof. Danilo A. Antonio
Dr. Alejandrino J. Ferreria 
Prof. Angelito J. Domingo
Prof. Francisco M. Bernardo III

Teaching Associates

The Program Director


The Gurus

Eduardo Morato (2)

Prof. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., DPA

Dr. Eduardo “Edmo” A. Morató Jr. is concurrently the chairman of ACE Center for Entrepreneurship, the partner organization of AGSB for the ME program, and chairman and president of Bayan EDGE, Bayan Academy and SEARCH. He is also an Eminent Fellow at the Development Academy of the Philippines.

His body of work, which include over 500, numerous monographs and thought pieces, encompasses his 50 years of service to education, public administration and civil society while actively engaging in consultancy, research, and training services for private corporations and government agencies. Writing books, cases and monographs is his way of sharing his copious knowledge and experience as an educator, development manager and management guru.

After obtaining his AB Economics degree (cum laude) from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1968, he then pursued his Master in Business Management degree at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), graduating with High Distinction in 1972. In 2004, Dr. Morató earned his doctorate in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines. A consistent University Scholar during his post graduate doctoral course, his dissertation topic was on Policies and Strategies to Promote and Develop Entrepreneurship in the Philippines.

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Ferreria

Prof. Alejandrino J. Ferreria, Ed.D

Prof. Alejandrino “Andy” J. Ferreria, Ed.D. has had over 40 years of experience in management education (people development) and simultaneously over 30 years in entrepreneurship (people management). He is currently the President of the ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education, Inc. Dr. Ferreria is the author of the internationally published book on entrepreneurship called Entrepreneurs’ Helpline. He also released a Philippine publication on 50 inspiring entrepreneurs of the Philippines. In the ASEAN region, he is often referred to as Entrepreneurship Guru or entrepguru.

He has been an educator for over 30 years. He has taught in the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). He was the School Dean of the three of the four schools of AIM, namely, the Asian Center for Entrepreneurship, Executive Education and the Center for Development Management. He was also a visiting professor and still retains his post as an adjunct faculty at the Richard Ivey School of Business (London & Hong Kong campuses) of the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

He holds a BS degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. He has completed the academic requirements of his doctoral studies at the University of the Philippines and finished his research work and obtained his doctoral degree in education management from the National University.

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Danilo Antonio (2)

Usec. Danilo A. Antonio

Prof. Danilo A. Antonio is a director of ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education, Inc and a faculty in the Master in Entrepreneurship Program of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. Prof. Antonio was also a faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. Back in December 2013, he was appointed as Undersecretary of OPARR (Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery) under Sec. (now Senator) Panfilo Lacson and served until May 2015 where he headed the Business & Civil Society Organization unit which raised Php28 Billion worth of rehabilitation assistance for Yolanda victims during his tenure.

Prof. Antonio remains active in various business endeavors, particularly in the Philippine Real Estate industry. He set up Land Company (LANDCO) and Land Excel Consulting, Inc., and Terra Pacific Corp. which are Realty Consulting & Development Companies. He worked with Metro Pacific Corporation, Ayala Corporation, Banco De Oro Realty Corporation, Canyon Woods Resorts, Filinvest Malls, Rockwell Land, Inc., and Eton Properties Philippines Inc.

Prof. Antonio is currently the President of West Palawan Premiere, which is developing an 850-hectare tourism estate in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan and President of Ropali Realty Mgt. & Dev. Corp. which is developing a 26 hectare Central Business District in Cauayan City Isabela, and a 1,000 hectare tourism estate in Sta Ana, Cagayan Province.

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Angelito Domingo

Prof. Angelito J. Domingo

Prof. Angelito “Lito” J. Domingo was previously the Vice President of Human Resource at RAMCAR – Battery Group and the Executive Managing Director for Human Resources (HR) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).

Mr. Domingo has more than 20 years of experience managing people in organizations in both Government and Private Sector. Beginning with his stint as a Military Officer in the Philippine Army he rose from Executive Officer to Brigade Staff Officer. This was followed by other Positions from the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC). In the corporate sector he started with Integrated Computer Systems then Malayan Towage & Salvage Corporation, and finally RAMCAR – Battery Group.

He has also served as management consultant to various companies and foreign funded programs for government and non-profit organizations: World Bank and United States Agency for International Development sponsored projects, Technology Livelihood and Resources Center (Office of the President), ABS-CBN Foundation, International Container Terminal Services, Inc., Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), Philip Morris International, Brain Resources Corporation, C. S. Garments, Inc. (Cavite Export Zone), Cera Ace Co. Ltd. (Japan),. Such consultancies involved various activities from training to organizational development to strategic planning workshops.

Mr. Domingo holds a Master in Business Management (MBM) degree from the Asian Institute of Management and is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy. He is currently the Guru of The Masters in Entrepreneurship Batch 21 at Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

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Francisco Bernardo (2)

Prof. Francisco M. Bernardo III

Prof. Francisco “Jay” M. Bernardo, III is a professor and director of ACE Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Education, Inc. and Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He is the chairman of the JAD Group of Companies. After completing his B.S. in Industrial Management Engineering at De La Salle University, Prof. Bernardo entered the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he graduated with Distinction from the Master in Business Administration in 1991. His venture, JAD, grew from a manufacturer of plastic sticks for cotton buds to what is now the JAD Group of Companies (JADGC), a conglomerate of several strategically aligned outsourcing businesses in manufacturing, logistics, distribution, research and development, information technology, and human resource, where he sits as chair.

As testaments to Prof. Bernardo’s passion for excellence, he was conferred numerous awards by both international and local organizations including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines, Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in the Field of Entrepreneurship, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, and the Agora Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship.

Prof. Bernardo also founded the LET’S GO (Leading Entrepreneurs Towards Sensing Global Opportunities) Foundation, a non-profit, non-stock organization that aims to support small and medium scale entrepreneurs with the end view of pushing entrepreneurship to uplift the Philippine economy. Currently, aside from the outsourcing services and foundations he is involved with, Prof. Jay has investments to more than twenty companies of various industries namely, food production, education/consulting services, technology services and mobile applications, restaurants and bars and recreations and tourism. His recent undertaking is opening Start-up Village which is a one-stop incubator/accelerator that enables startups to bring their unique ideas and business concept to reality.

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